Friday, April 22, 2011

What happens when a bullet hits a Bullet Proof Vest?

Bullets travel at nearly 1000 miles an hour. When a bullet hits the protective barrier, the fabric undergoes dramatic wrinkling, stretching, and partial failure. The bullet itself undergoes incredible amounts of distortion from the impact, which in turn influences the behavior of the fabric layers in the vest.

What happens to a bullet upon impact with a ballistic vest is astonishing. Over the course of the event, which occurs in less than a millisecond, the tip of the bullet flattens and peels back. The bullet is shredded, ripped apart, and turned almost inside-out by the force of the impact.

Article from Body Armor News

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