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Pearl-Like Coating Enhances Lightweight Armor

  • Magazine Article
  • TBMG-35453
Published 2019-11-01 by Tech Briefs Media Group in United States
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  • English

By mimicking the outer coating of pearls (nacre or mother of pearl), researchers created a lightweight plastic that is 14 times stronger and eight times lighter (less dense) than steel. It could be applicable to vests, helmets, and other types of body armor as well as protective armor for ships, helicopters, and other vehicles.