The Origami-Inspired Kevlar Shield Absorbs Handgun Bullets

The engineering professors at Brigham Young University (a private research university in Provo, Utah) have successfully designed a new bulletproof shield for law enforcement. Professor Larry Howell, one of the engineers involved in the design, said they worked with a federal special agent, SWAT teams, and police officers to understand what their needs were.

Made of 12 layers of Kevlar with and aluminum core in the middle, the shield is able to withstand shots fired from 9mm, .44 Magnum, and .357 Magnum pistols.

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image source: Brigham Young University

 

The significant difference between this new shield and the others that are available is its low weight and the folding mechanism. The shield takes an inspiration from origami and can protect multiple people. 

The Kevlar shield is just a project but is can be great for police to carry in the car when responding to crime scenes.

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