Be Like Superman! Bullets Bounce Off New Super Carbon Nanotube Vest

Scientists have designed a vest made of carbon nanotubes that can rebound the force of a bullet, effectively causing the bullet to bounce off without causing a large impact force on the wearer.

CNT vest deflecting a projectile.: Copyright IOP.CNT vest deflecting a projectile.: Copyright IOP.






Bullet Proof Vest

These researchers, from the University of Sydney, explained how using carbon nanotubes as an antiballistic material may have several advantages over current materials, such as Kevlar, Twaron, and Dyneema fibers. These materials, which by weight are several times stronger than steel, work by absorbing the energy of a bullet and dispersing the energy across the vest's interlocking mesh network. However, the force of the impact can still cause bruising and damage to internal organs.

A vest made of carbon nanotubes imbedded in other materials may greatly decrease the impact force by elastically deflecting a bullet even before its energy diffuses throughout the vest.

Researchers Liangchi Zhang and Kausala Mylvaganam performed tests with a prototype of such a vest, shooting diamond bullets at a one-atom-thick sheet of carbon rolled into tubes. Because of their force-repelling properties, the carbon nanotubes absorbed a bullet's energy by deforming, and then quickly sprang back into shape, deflecting the bullet.

Although the researchers performed these tests under ideal conditions (for example, the ends of the nanotubes were fully clamped down, which may not be possible in practice), they hope that carbon nanotubes will lead to a practical and literal bullet-proof vest.

via: Discovery Channel

Lisa Zyga
Science Blogger

Nov 29, 2007
by CCNA Discovery (not verified)

Nice blog!

Nice blog!

Dec 10, 2007
by Cjp4eva (not verified)

and thus Crysis was born.

and thus Crysis was born.

Feb 1, 2008
by Anonymous (not verified)

very nice!

now all they need to do is make a condom outa this stuff! <- nanotube get it? no.... ? sorry . really this IS or at least sounds better than dragon skin armour which is the best as of right now(its made up of small pieces of kevlar sewn on like dragon scales.) it kinda does the same thing- allowing for more shots at a single site as apposed to plating which breaks into tiny pieces(after first shot) then becomes useless.

Nov 15, 2008
by Anonymous

sweet sounds like my kind of

sweet sounds like my kind of vest that i would wear in the war just make a whole body suit outa the stuff and ure set.