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US Army Creates New “Ballistic Wallpaper”

Posted By ASC, Friday, June 5, 2015

The US Army Corps of Engineers has developed a product that combines adhesive backing and polymer-laminated kevlar fibers to create “ballistic wallpaper.” In combat situations or remote locations, shelters are vital for taking cover, setting up communications outposts and treating the wounded. However, most civilian structures cannot withstand explosives or shrapnel. The ballistic wallpaper makes these structures safer. The ballistic wallpaper can be easily unrolled and applied to walls, where it acts like a super-durable version of wallpaper. The adhesive backing adheres polymer-laminated kevlar to intact or partial walls. The adhesive and polymer then acts like a glue to hold together walls that would otherwise shatter under fire. The kevlar layer acts as netting to catch larger pieces that detach. Overall, the ballistic wallpaper can prevent injuries from shrapnel and falling debris and can prevent hazardous dust and chemicals from getting into the air. It may one day become a standard piece of military equipment.

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