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Carbon Nanotube for Anti-ballistic Clothing

November 2, 2007
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After the spider-man-suit proposal, 😉 an Australian team, according to their computer simulation, suggested that carbon nanotube can be a great candidate for bullet-proof vests, better than the current materials.

Bullets bounce off nanotubes (from PhysicsWorld.com)

Robocops could soon leave the realm of science fiction thanks to a new bullet-proof material proposed by engineers in Australia. According to computer simulations done by the team, bullets would be no match for vests made of the material, and would simply bounce off owing to the high elasticity of the nanotubes. The researchers claim that the material, which has not been made yet, would be a great improvement on existing anti-ballistic clothing that stop bullets from penetrating by spreading the bullet’s force — something that can still cause serious injury (Nanotechnology 18 475701 ).

Elastic Nanotube (figure from PhysicsWorld.com)

Viva, carbon nanotube! 🙄

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