Saturday, April 3, 2010

[ Technical Textiles - A T-shirt turns in to body armour.]

Washington:An ordinary cotton T-shirt can be converted into body Armour,thanks to scientists from South Corolina,Switzerland and China.

They combined the carbon in the cotton with boron to create a tough,lightweight fabric of boron carbide,the same material used to protect tanks.Available at Wal-Mart,the T-shirt would be not only bullet proof,but also resistant to ultraviolet light from the sun and life-threatening neutrons emitted by radioactive materials.The research could lead to more comfortable body armour for soldiers and police.

It could be used to produce fuel efficient cars and aircraft,said Xiaodong Li,a South Carolina university scientist said.


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