Armor becomes stronger due to the nanotube - Cell phones

Armor becomes stronger due to the nanotube - Cell phonesThe new company TorTech Nano Fibers will begin to produce in Israel fibers based on carbon nanotubes, which will be used to increase the protective properties of the armor and the manufacture of armor fighting vehicles. This is actually one of the first examples of large-scale introduction of new advanced technologies and industrial production of nanomaterials, which is stronger than Kevlar and other ballistic fabrics, but a flexible and light. TorTech Nano Fibers is a joint venture owned by an Israeli company Plasan, which produces armor, and Q-Flo Cambridge University. In accordance with the agreement Plasan will have exclusive sales and marketing rights on the armor, while the Q-Flo will retain the rights for other potential applications of the new material. "We believe that carbon nanotubes will revolutionize the defense industry due to the emergence of a new lightweight, flexible and incredibly durable bonemineral, - said General Director of Plasan, Dan Ziv (Dan Ziv). We intend to produce on the basis of the carbon nanotube fibers that can be woven into solid materials. Large-scale production of new heavy-duty types of armor are very popular in light of the protracted military conflicts, the growing list of threats and enhance the value of each soldier. Carbon nanotubes are one of the promising materials, which can improve the armor. So, in August of this year the company Lockheed Martin has published a study according to which the addition of 1.5 - 5% carbon nanotubes in the material of the armor can improve protection against bullets by 20 - 50%. Add in the polymer matrix of carbon nanotubes and its subsequent impact on the fiber aramid fabrics makes a bulletproof vest. Ballistic "nanotech" material may contain from 40 to 70% aramid fibers and from 60 to 30% resin (polymer matrix). The concentration by weight of nanotubes in a polymer matrix can vary from 1.5 to 5%. Typical reinforced armor: 60% - aramid fiber Kevlar and 40% impregnation (for example polyurethane), which is the resin from 1.5% nanotubes. Nanotubes can also include compounds of silicon or boron. The ratio can vary depending on the desired properties of the material and the level of threat..



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