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Blast Chimney for Armoured Vehicles Uses Dyneema

22 February 2011

Composite armour systems specialist Hardwire LLC has developed and successfully demonstrated a blast protection system that utilizes Dyneema ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fibre to improves the ability of light military vehicles to protect occupants.

The Structural Blast Chimney, or SBC, channels energy from an explosion under the vehicle toward the centre and then vertically away. According to Hardwire LLC CEO George Tunis ""Solutions with Dyneema are an integral part of the overall survivability of the vehicle and the Structural Blast Chimney itself. The armour solutions are completely modular, bolt on and off, and can be upgraded anytime or simply taken off for peacetime operations"". In various tests carried out by Hardwire, the vehicle crew compartment remained intact after the explosion, with the occupants (test dummies) surviving with no injuries.

""The weight savings, along with the unsurpassed survivability of the vehicle, clearly demonstrate that the combination of the right innovative products with an effective design can revolutionize the design of military vehicles"", says David Cordova, VP Business Development at DSM Dyneema.






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