Fibrenamics develops lighter Panel with resistance to Ballistic, Fire and Chemical Agents
The Ballistic Composite Panel is a project developed in partnership between Fibrauto and the Fibrenamics Association - the University of Minho, which had, as its main goal, the development of ballistic panels lighter with a level of protection III of the NIJ 0108.01 standard, for application in buses, particularly in the lining of the driver's cabin.
Firstly, the ballistic properties of different mono-material composites (different fibers and matrices) were evaluated and numerical simulations of different multilayer composites were performed. Subsequently, first prototypes were produced through the autoclave process, these prototypes were evaluated, and finally, optimizations were developed.
Fig.1: Demonstrator models produced: a) driver cabin and b) selected ballistic panel.
After selection of compositions, prototype production, and tests that led to several optimizations, the Ballistic Composite Panel project resulted in a ballistic panel that is 20% lighter than the current one used on the market, capable of providing ballistic resistance, according to the level of protection III of the NIJ 0108.01 standard, chemical, and fire resistance.
See the video of the project below: