Gel may protect soldiers from bullets

By | February 28, 2009

British defense officials say they hope a shock-absorbing gel already being used in sporting equipment can protect soldiers from bullets. The gel will be used inside military helmets The Telegraph reported. A small company that developed the substance has been awarded a $150 000 contract. The gel named d30 hardens when it is hit with a high impact. If a helmet lined with d30 was hit by a bullet or piece of shrapnel the gel would absorb much of the impact reducing the kinetic energy by half experts say.

“When moved slowly the molecules will slip past each other but in a high-energy impact they will snag and lock together becoming solid ” said Richard Palmer who invented d30. “In doing so they absorb energy.” The gel has been incorporated into shin guards riding equipment and even ballet pointe shoes.

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