Comparison of Backing Materials used in the Testing of Ballistic Protective Body Armour

2018-11-15T17:06:06Z (GMT) by Chris Malbon
<div>Poster presented at the 2018 Defence and Security Doctoral Symposium.</div><div><br></div><div>The ballistic testing of personal body armour against a standard (NIJ, HOSDB, VPAM etc) has typically been performed with the armour mounted on a block of Roma™ Plastilina No1. This artists' modelling clay enables the deformation of non-perforated armour due to the impact to be measured and compared against a requirement (typical 25 or 44mm back face signature).</div><div>However, whilst Roma™ Plastilina No 1 has enabled comparative testing of body armour, and has a proven record in terms of lives saved, it does not provide a biofidelic response to the impact, which may be impeding the development of lighter and more ergonomic armour solutions.</div><div>To aid in the development of alternative backing materials for the testing of ballistic protective armour, a comparison trial was conducted comparing the response of three different backings, Roma™ Plastilina No 1, 10% (by mass) gelatine and a man-made synthetic material (SEBS) to a ballistic impact on a body armour.</div><div>This poster presents the method, results and reviews the data.</div><div><br></div>