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The Myth of Mithril: Real materials for body armour

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Why do we wear armour? Armour is designed to protect against specific threats for Police, Security and Military applications. How armour works to protect the body from these different threats such as ballistic and knife and spike attack will be discussed. The materials properties and effectiveness of fibre types, Textile armour, Composite and Hard Armours will be introduced and compared. Current Standards for evaluating armour will also be briefly covered. The ergonomic penalties of wearing armour will be introduced as although protection is the primary goal ergonomics are important and a challenge for researchers.

This talk is part of the Surfaces, Microstructure and Fracture Group series.

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