Tuesday, 13 Apr, 2010 Science

Latest Invention: Tough, Flexible T-Shirt that Could Replace Body Armor


If you like this invention you can vote for it hereScientists from University of South Carolina developed a t-shirt tough enough to deflect bullets. They combined carbon in the cotton with one of the hardest materials on Earth, boron, thus considerably increasing the material's toughness.

Their latest invention represents a lightweight t-shirt armored with boron carbide, material which is also used to cover military tanks.

Dr. Xiaodong Li, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University and co-author of a paper on the topic in Advanced Materials said that this latest invention marks a significant step forward in the development of more lightweight, fuel-efficient and ultra-tough materials.

The new type of t-shirt features nanowires that show high level of elasticity while boasting the toughness of boron carbide. "We should be able to fabricate much tougher body armors using this new technique. It could even be used to produce lightweight, fuel-efficient cars and aircrafts," mentioned Li. More information about this latest invention is available here.

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45 votes

//6 Dec 09, 2010 10:32 AM | posted by: sally
nice shirt!!!!i want it for my brother..this is good news to all people working in military forces...nice protection fromk the body.i just dopr the material used are not harmful to the body.
44 votes

//5 Sep 17, 2010 11:16 AM | posted by: weeee
what's d purpose behind this type of t-shirt?
37 votes

//4 Sep 17, 2010 11:14 AM | posted by: tina
boron carbide wil not harm our skin?
33 votes

//3 Jul 14, 2010 03:24 AM | posted by: Unknown
i also want this t shirt please
41 votes

//2 Jun 30, 2010 03:35 PM | posted by: chichi
many of these tech sims imposible. many of my frends dont sim to believ
46 votes

//1 May 03, 2010 11:28 AM | posted by: souptik
i want one of these

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