Shear Thickening Fluid Kevlar Study
To improve the protective characteristics of conventional Kevlar, the Army Research Laboratory conducted studies on the effects of Shear Thickening Fluid (STF) integration. STFs undergo phase transformations from a liquid-like material to a solid-like material when a critical level of force is applied. The STF surrounds and reinforces the Kevlar fibers, resulting in greater ballistic and stab protection than observed with untreated Kevlar. ARL will apply these results in a follow-on effort to optimize hybrid fabric architectures for concealable body armor with multi-threat protection. For additional information please fill out the Contact Information Form.