Non-Newtonian Fluid Body Armor

Thanks Poland, for real:

Alex-MackShout out to Newton the MF’in lord of this science shit.  Don’t he deserve just to brag a bit?

You can read more about it in this Popular Science article.

Would operate with.  Catch me posted on the block with the liquid, like my former crush Alex Mack (pictured).

Thoughts?

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Steve April 8, 2015 at 01:28 am

I don’t know. I’m thinking a thick layer of Peeps is still the best solution.

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Tito April 8, 2015 at 05:29 am

Alex Mack crush here too. We gonna have problems, bro?

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ENDO-Mike April 8, 2015 at 01:01 pm

not if you BACK OFF bro

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DV April 8, 2015 at 06:25 am

Water and corn starch confirmed.

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ENDO-Mike April 8, 2015 at 01:01 pm

haha exactly

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7350 April 8, 2015 at 08:12 am

Since the fluid is essentially a liquid when not compressed it probably has an optimal temperature range that it must stay within in order to function, you know, as body armor. What happens if the vest freezes?

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ENDO-Mike April 8, 2015 at 01:20 pm

I bet there is some additive in it that lowers the freezing temp. Maybe saline with the water and cornstarch :P I agree about the optimal temp range.

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Drew April 8, 2015 at 10:03 am

Very interesting.

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Anonymous April 8, 2015 at 10:14 am

But will it help Poland go into space?

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Dracon1201 April 8, 2015 at 10:59 am

+1 on what happens in cold climates. What happens when the coating holding it in is punctured? What about energy transfer through the vest?

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ENDO-Mike April 8, 2015 at 01:02 pm

Good questions… I figured it must have some sort of self-healing rubber outer shell.

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WorkingDog April 8, 2015 at 08:24 pm

It’s not really a standalone product. It’s nanotechnology, mean it gets applied to/impregnated in Kevlar or whatever, as an additive without altering the fabric’s texture. It theoretically would reduce weight and rigidity. Whether it improves ballistic vests, the more immediate uses would be (a) adding puncture protection to standard vests, and (b) as a lightweight enhancement (for cars, turrets, cockpit doors, etc.) against blast and ballistic threats (i.e., blast proof your Hilux with tape).
People have been tinkering with its ballistic properties since the mid-90s, without great success. But, as a former goalie, it does work quite well as a lightweight, less rigid cup. (See d3o gear.) Also works kinda like a sap glove if you coat Mechanix, Hexarmor, etc. Good for knees as well.

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Disco April 8, 2015 at 02:48 pm

I still think me and Larisa Oleynik could have a life together. Otherwise, I for one cannot wait for cool liquidious cyberpunk body armor

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Bill April 8, 2015 at 05:22 pm

It s probably polyethylene glycol mixed with silica in some ratio.

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WorkingDog April 8, 2015 at 08:30 pm

Fun fact: The first patent for a woven ballistic vest was issued to a Pole in the U.S.: Father (yup, that kind) Casimir Zeglen. He was set to deliver one to President Mckinley two weeks before he was shot. And Archduke Ferdinand was wearing one of his vests when he was shot (in the neck, unfortunately).

And yes, the good Father did test it on himself.

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snoopycomputer April 11, 2015 at 09:04 am

I would think a slowly pushed in knife would cut through?
“The slow blade passes”
So, a 21st century slow field?

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