Materialism: A Materials Science Podcast
An exploration of the past, present, and future of materials science and engineering.
1 year ago

Episode 64: Bulletproof Materials

Andrew and Jared are back! After inspiration from the documentary known as Mad Max: Fury Road and The Dark Knight Trilogy we are taking a look at materials that are used to stop ballistic impacts. From the race tire material we wear as vests to the futuristic magnetorheological fluid soaked fabrics.


Body Armor Materials Overview

How Stuff Works: Liquid Body Armor

Ballistic Performance of Natural Fiber Based Soft and Hard Body Armour- A Mini Review

A Review on Synthetic Fibers for Polymer Matrix Composites: Performance, Failure Modes and Applications

Ballistic Resistant Body Armor: Contemporary and Prospective Materials and Related Protection Mechanisms

Body armour – New materials, new systems

A review of recent research on materials used in polymer–matrix composites for body armor application

Batman Tech: History Channel Documentary Jared Mentions (Body Armor/Suit Section: 11:00-19:00)

The Materialism Podcast does not support or endorse buying body armor to test the effectiveness of it on yourself or others

This episode is sponsored by Materials Today, an Elsevier community dedicated to the creation and sharing of materials science knowledge and experience through their peer-reviewed journals, academic conferences, educational webinars, and more.

Thanks to Kolobyte and Alphabot for letting us use their music in the show!

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Materialism Team: Taylor Sparks (co-creator,, Andrew Falkowski (co-creator,co-host) Jared Duffy (co-host,production, marketing, and editing).

Keywords: Bulletproof Armor Kevlar Body Armor Ceramic Body Plates Ballistic Impact Protection