Scientists have created an incredible material that turns bullets into dust.
An astonishing new video shows what a new material can do to a speeding bullet.
Scientists at North Carolina State University have created a composite metal foam (CMF) that is lighter and stronger than metal plating using in body and vehicle armor today, according to a university statement.
In the video below, scientists show a 7.62 x 63 millimeter M2 armor-piercing projectile at the foam, and the bullet completely shatters on impact.
The armor was just an inch thick, an amazing achievement for such a material. The indention was less than 8 millimeters.
“We could stop the bullet at a total thickness of less than an inch, while the indentation on the back was less than 8 millimeters,” Afsaneh Rabiei, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at NC State, said in the statement. “To put that in context, the NIJ standard allows up to 44 millimeters indentation in the back of an armor.”
And it wouldn’t just have military uses. Scientists think it could be used for space travel or transporting nuclear waste, as it can withstand very high temperatures and block radiation.
“Last year, with support from the Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy, Rabiei showed that CMFs are very effective at shielding X-rays, gamma rays and neutron radiation,” the statement adds. “And earlier this year, Rabiei published work demonstrating that these metal foams handle fire and heat twice as well as the plain metals they are made of.”