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Analyzing a Co-Polymer Aramid Fiber for Use in Soft Body Armor



Walter G. McDonough, Jae Hyun Kim, Nathanael A. Heckert, Amanda L. Forster, Scott A. Wight, Joy P. Dunkers, Gale A. Holmes


Since the well-publicized failure of body armor used by a police officer, it has become imperative that the long-term properties and performance of new fibers being considered for use be understood. The range of interest is from the molecular properties of individual fibers to the system-level performance of fibers in body armor. One such fiber being considered for use in soft body armor applications is a co-polymer aramid, ARTEC. At present, the architecture of the ARTEC yarn has proven to be a challenge to developing an understanding of their properties at the single fiber level. This presentation will discuss efforts to remove single fibers from yarns and to report on the properties that have been measured to date.
Conference Dates
October 23-25, 2013
Conference Location
Clemson, SC
Conference Title
Fiber Society Fall 2013 Conference


McDonough, W. , , J. , Heckert, N. , Forster, A. , Wight, S. , Dunkers, J. and Holmes, G. (2013), Analyzing a Co-Polymer Aramid Fiber for Use in Soft Body Armor, Fiber Society Fall 2013 Conference , Clemson, SC (Accessed April 18, 2024)
Created October 25, 2013, Updated February 19, 2017