02 July 2004
02 July 2004
Norwegian scientists have come up with a smart and cheap way of bullet-proofing cars by lining the vehicles with flat tanks which, when filled with water, provide excellent protection against armed attackers.
The problem with conventional armour-plating is that metal is very heavy which increases fuel usage.
Researchers at Norway's Forsvarets Institute have found a way around this by building several large, flat, watertight tanks into the sides of car. Each tank is thin, like a domestic radiator, made from plastic or light metal, and has several energy-absorbing carbon-fibre sheets stacked inside.
When the tanks are empty the car is not bullet-proof, but when needed, the tanks are filled with water, transforming the car into a bullet-proof vehicle.
The tanks have been tested using high velocity bullets, and according to a leading international science publication, the novel armour design has now been patented.
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Premium Aerotec, Faurecia Clean Mobility and Solvay have launched the research group IRG CosiMo: Composites for Sustainable Mobility, which will focus on the development of materials and process technologies to enable the high volume production of thermoplastic composites for the aerospace and automotive markets.
Covestro is pushing ahead with developing and marketing its continuous fibre reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) composites by introducing Maezio as brand name.