The failure of a first responder s body armor has prompted research to assess the long-term durability and effectiveness of current and future soft body armor products. Prior work in this laboratory described a 10 % drop in tensile strength and 15 % drop-off in modulus in poly(p-phenylene benzobisoxazole) (PBO) fibers after they were subjected to a single fold for 24 h. In addition, regions of internal damage were seen in the folded fibers. Here, that work was continued by investigating the response of poly(p-phenylene terephthalamide) (PPT) fibers to the same condition. The results presented in this paper show no change in tensile strength, modulus, or failure strain in the PPT fibers and a different surface morphology in the folded region. Furthermore, results show a continued drop-off in the mechanical properties of PBO fibers that is possibly due to hydrolytic degradation.
Proceedings Title: SAMPE 2010 Annual Technical Conference
Conference Dates: May 17-20, 2010
Conference Location: Seattle, WA
Pub Type: Conferences
ballistic fiber, PPT, single fiber test