It was invented by Stephanie Kwolek, a chemist working for DuPont in the early s.
It was originally promoted by Dave Asprey, the creator of the Bulletproof Diet. Bulletproof coffee is a high-fat coffee drink intended as a breakfast replacement. It was invented by Stephanie Kwolek, a chemist working for DuPont in the early s. DuPont had already invented Nylon and Spandex and was on the hunt for the next generation of high-performance fibers. As Nguyen approached the door to a bedroom where Sookdeo had barricaded himself, he was shot three times — once in the arm, and twice in his bulletproof vest. Yet, none of the backpacks currently on the market would have stopped a single rifle round coming from those gunmen. The National Institute of Justice first developed standards for ballistic resistant body armor in the s.
DuPont had already invented Nylon and Spandex and was on the hunt for the next generation of high-performance fibers. Synthetic fibers are created with polymers — large molecules composed of repeating subunits, effectively creating a chain of molecules. Nylon, for instance, is a polymer made from hexamethylenediamine , an organic compound, and adipic acid , an ingredient often found in Jell-O.
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Kevlar is made from molecules para -phenylenediamine , often used in antioxidants and as dyes, and terephthaloyl chloride. What Kwolek discovered would eventually become Kevlar and would see application in tires, racing sails and bulletproof vests.
Bulletproof vests today are made from polyethylene fibers — a popular plastic polymer seen in nearly everything we use: grocery bags, toys, plastic trash bins and so on. Polyethylene fibers or "PE" as it's called , are woven in layers to form the guts of a protective vest that is cheaper and stronger than Kevlar.
Originally used for sail cloth, the polyethylene fiber is now used to make lighter, yet stronger, non-woven material for use in bulletproof vests alongside the traditional Kevlar. According to Tom Nardone, president and founder of BulletSafe , a manufacturer of bulletproof vests, the layers inside a vest are designed to reduce the velocity of a round to a point below supersonic — faster than the speed of sound — so the fibers can have time to react to the bullet and exert their toughness on the bullet.
The more layers, or the greater the density of the weaving of layers, the greater the toughness of the fibers — a measure of their strength and how much they will bend before they break — and the more capable they are of stopping a bullet. Most pistols fire bullets at velocities that are slightly above the speed of sound.
Slugs from shotguns travel even slower. A good vest doesn't need to work hard to bring a 9mm bullet or shotgun shell's velocity down to a point where it can make use of the toughness of its fibers. A rifle bullet, however, is another matter entirely.
It'll take a far greater density of ballistic fiber to stop that bullet. Most vests designed to stop rifle bullets are backed up with high density insert plates made from ceramics and polyethylene to break up a bullet into pieces and capture it.
The material of the vests themselves is also prone to break down for various reasons. Kevlar, for instance, degrades when exposed to salt — such as the salt in human sweat. The longer a person exerts themselves while in a bulletproof vest made of Kevlar — to the tune of years — the greater the likelihood of failure.
Vests made from PE also will break down over time when exposed to UV light. The efficacy of bulletproof backpacks being marketed to students and parents was put to the test by Scott Reitz, a firearms instructor with the Los Angeles Police Department, in a demonstration for NBC News Los Angeles.
Reitz fired at the backpack with a 9 mm pistol and with a. Then, Reitz fired two shots from an AR rifle, used by the U. Our backpacks are rated for Level IIIA, which is often the same protection used by local law enforcement.
And almost half of adults say they would buy a bulletproof backpack for their child. John Drury recently bought a bulletproof backpack insert for his son, Peyton. They live about 45 miles from Dayton, Ohio, where a gunman killed nine people last week. The company has been removed from the list of retailers selling the product. ET : A previous version of this article misstated that a back panel or insert for bulletproof backpacks had been rated by the National Institute of Justice. Neither the inserts nor the backpacks themselves are tested or rated by the institute; it only tests body armor for law enforcement.