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Scientists have been searching for jewels in an innovative, US Army research project carried out for the strengthening of the body armor.

Researchers at the University of Buffalo have simulated mother-of-pearl, or the outer layer of pearls to create a light-weight plastic and is described as a 14 times stronger and eight times lighter than steel. In a statement, the Army said that the material is ideal for absorbing the impact of bullets and other projectiles.”

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The study, which was funded by the Army Research Office (ARO), which was published in the journal ACS Applied Polymer Material.

The new, lightweight, plastic and is 14 times stronger and eight times lighter (less dense) than steel, researchers say. (University of Buffalo)

“The material is stiff, strong and tough,” said Shenqiang Ren, D. Ph., an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace engineering at the University of Buffalo and the paper’s lead author, in a statement. It would also apply to armor, helmets, and other types of body armor, as well as a protective armor for the ships, helicopters, and other vehicles.”

Ren is also a member of the University at Buffalo’s RENEW (Research and Education in the fields of energy, Environment and Water) Institute.

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Most of the material that is used is a souped-up version of polyethylene plastic,” according to the Army. This ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene, or UHMWPE, is used in the likes of hip replacements and guitar picks.

File photo – a 10th Mountain Division Soldier fires an M4 rifle during a platoon Situational training Exercise at a range in Arta, Djibouti, Feb. 25, at the end of 2018.
(U.s. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Haley, D., Phillips)

The researchers have been studying the structure of mother-of-pearl, that is created by mollusks, in which the control of a form of calcium carbonate, into something that is similar in each piece of stone.”

“As a mother-of-pearl, and the research on the design of the material is an extremely tough outer shell with a flexible inner support may be deformed, and the absorption of the missile,” the Military said in a statement.

AIR FORCE BASE, THAT PRODUCES FOR THE FIRST TIME, A CERTIFIED 3D-PRINTED PARTS IN PLANES

File photo – set of the AMERICAN body armor and equip it on the ground in the vicinity of Nasiriyah, Iraq, Dec. 17, 2011.
(REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/Pool)

“As opposed to stainless steel or ceramic armor, UHMWPE and so on is a lot easier to be molded or to mold into complex shapes to offer versatile protection for soldiers, vehicles, and other Military assets,” said Evan Runnerstrom, D. Ph., program manager, materials used, design and the ARTS, in a statement.

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Silica nanoparticles have also been used for the creation of even stronger armor.

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