Skip to comments.Air Force cadet creates bulletproof breakthrough
Posted on 06/03/2017 12:20:05 PM PDT by PJ-Comix
Air Force cadet Hayley Weir had an idea that turned out to be a game changer. "It was just the concept of going out there and stopping a bullet with something that we had made in a chemistry lab."
The 21-year-old Weir approached Air Force Academy Assistant Professor Ryan Burke with the idea. He was skeptical.
"I said, 'I'm not really sure this is going to work, the body armor industry is a billion-plus-dollar industry," he noted.
Weir's idea was to combine anti-ballistic fabric with what's known as a shear thickening fluid to create a less heavy material to use in body armor. She demonstrated the principle to Burke by combining water and cornstarch in a container and asking the professor to jam his finger into the paste-like goo.
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Also protective gear for LEO. From watching the segment on FOX it’s a very inexpensive easy to make material.
I saw this on fox...revolutionary.
Shear thickening fluids were apparently researched for this before. I wonder why this one was missed then.
This is really cool.
Gifted ideas are something that many folks come up with from time to time. Sometimes those ideas baffle people who have had the best education money can buy, and decades in the given field.
These are some of the best ideas. They are not hindered by the rules of physics as they are understood. From time to time, those ideas defy the rules. They tap into some unknown loophole. Don’t let someone give you a flippant response to dash your hopes that your idea could lead to something.
Test yourself. Expand on your ideas. Know your limits, but don’t give up easily.
Here this woman came up with something that shouldn’t have worked. It did.
It happens more often than the educated brilliant minds want you to think.
Common simple solutions defy the brainiacs.
I love it when they do.
Ingenuity folks... it’s the genius in each of us.
This has been done before. Just not as cheaply.
Your thoughts remind me of a great Heinlein quote...
Always listen to experts. They'll tell you what can't be done, and why. Then do it.
That’s about it...
I remember reading about this - using shear thickenig liquids with kevlar - over 10 years ago. What is different about this?
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Fun with thixotropic non newtonian fluids:
A couple of things jump out:
a) it highlights an acheivment by female in a warrior institute and, b) it may have exposed an uniformed instructor.
Interesting stuff there. So this was known about before. She must have made improvements on the concept.
I appreciate the link. I’ve watched other things that guy has produced and I find them fascinating.
The stupidity of your post is highlighted by the fact that you spelled achievement wrong. How ironic.
The slow blade penetrates the shield.
I'm going to guess...men don't spend as much time in the kitchen?
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