Aged Armour Study – Naturally Aged and New Armour Testing

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Authors
  1. Withnall, C.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Valcartier Research Centre, Quebec QC (CAN);Biokinetics and Associates Ltd, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
Abstract
Anti-ballistic soft body armour worn by Canadian police is certified to an accepted test method to demonstrate its bullet resistance. Most police forces accept that new armour bearing certification to the NIJ 0101 standard will provide sufficient protection from small arms handgun fire expected in the line of duty. However, the continued ability of that armour to resist bullet perforation as it ages remains largely unknown. The environmental conditioning tests of the new NIJ 0101.06 address age degradation by ensuring that new armour designs can manage the rigours of service and remain bullet proof for a long time. These tests subject ballistic panels to heat, humidity and tumbling and are well-documented to expose weaknesses in some contemporary high-tensile fibres. However, it is not clear that they are effective against more traditional materials. Can a protracted time in a hyper-stressed environment really simulate years of regular wear and tear?
Keywords
Ballistic limit;Body armour;ballistic testing
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2016-C301 — Contract Report
Date of publication
01 Mar 2012
Number of Pages
5
DSTKIM No
CA042837
CANDIS No
804732
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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