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


Since the well-publicized failure of a body armor used by a police officer at a threat level the armor had been designed to survive, it has become imperative that the long-term properties and performance of new fibers being considered for use be understood. The range of interest extends from the molecular properties of individual fibers to the system-level performance of fabric in body armor. One fiber type being considered for use is a co-polymer aramid, Artec. Developing an understanding of this fiber's properties at the single fiber level has proven challenging. This presentation will discuss efforts to remove single fibers from yarns and to report on the properties that have been measured to date. Techniques to be discussed are single fiber tensile tests with statistical analyses, Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and confocal microscopy. In addition to Artec, two other fibers based on 5-amino-2-(p-aminophenyl)-benzimidazole, Rusar and SVM, were tested and their results will be included.
Proceedings Title
International Society for Ballistics
Conference Dates
September 21-26, 2014
Conference Location
Atlanta, GA


McDonough, W. , Dunkers, J. , Forster, A. , , J. , Wight, S. and Holmes, G. (2014), TESTING AND ANALYSES OF COPOLYMER FIBERS BASED ON 5-AMINO-2-(P-AMINOPHENYL)-BENZIMIDAZOLE, International Society for Ballistics , Atlanta, GA (Accessed June 23, 2024)


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Created September 22, 2014, Updated February 19, 2017