Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Stab and flame-resistant wool vest

Three Blueface Leicester ramsNew Zealand researchers have developed a stab and flame resistant vest made using knitted Vectran, a non-cut, ultra-high-strength liquid crystal polymer based fabric, which is combined with short wool fiber that is packed into the outer fabric surface.

The fabric, whilst not being bullet proof, is able to resist penetration by a knife and is also cut resistant. Wool, a natural protein fiber, is flame resistant and when exposed to severe heat will char into carbon but will not ignite. This carbon then forms a protective barrier against further heat.

Crown Research Institute AgResearch is currently seeking development partners to tailor the fabric to the unique needs of individual clients. The new fabric has many potential applications.

Scoop Sci-Tech article