US navy develops transparent TPE armour

Washington – The US Naval Research Laboratory is actively seeking licensees to manufacture its patented transparent thermoplastic elastomer armour.

The new, lightweight armour reduces the weight inherent in most bullet-resistant glass while maintaining superior ballistic properties, according to the NRL.

Furthermore, because thermoplastic elastomers are converted by physical means into solids rather than by chemical processes, the new transparent armour can be repaired in the field when damaged, the NRL said.

“Heating the material above the softening point, around 100 degrees Celsius, melts the small crystallites, enabling the…

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