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Body armor made of liquid and hardens when hit with bullet

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Mortax Institute, a Polish company in the business of producing body
armor systems, is working on a liquid based armour capable of hardening
upon impact. The liquid is known as Shear-Thickening Fluid (STF) and can
harden on any temperature instantaneously when impacted with a bullet.
The liquid armor is capable of providing protection from high-speed
projectiles and can also disperse the energy over a larger area. 

Karolina Olszewska, performer of tests on STF for Moratex, said, “This
viscosity increases thanks to the subordination of the particles in the
liquid structure, therefore they form a barrier against an external
penetrating factor.”

The formula for STF is known by Mortax and the inventors at the
Military Institute of Armament Technology in Warsaw only. The ballistic
tests that were carried out have proven that it is resistant to a large
and diverse range of projectiles.

Deputy Director for Research at
the Moratex institute, Marcin Struszczyk, said, “We needed to find,
design a liquid that functions both with projectiles hitting at the
velocity of 450 meters per second and higher. We have succeeded.”

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According to Struszczyk, the liquid armor’s capability of stopping
inbound projectile when combined with the low indentation of its surface
creates a safety level that is far higher when compared with the
conventional solutions that rely on Kevlar. 
He further added, “If a
protective vest is fitted to the body, then a four centimeter deep
deflection may cause injury to the sternum, sternum fracture, myocardial
infarction, lethal damage to the spleen. Thanks to the properties of
the liquid, thanks to the proper formation of the insert, we eliminate
one hundred percent of this threat because we have reduced the
deflection from four centimeters to one centimeter.”

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