Zetix – incredibly strong, blast-proof fabric

Zetix – incredibly strong, blast-proof fabric

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I can’t speak about this first hand, but I would imagine that living through an explosion is not very much fun. If you’re worried about being blown up, then maybe you need a suit maybe of Zetix, a blast-proof fabric. It is so strong that it can resist multiple car bombs without breaking down. It has potential uses in shelters for military personnel, body armor, and even window coverings or other defenses during hurricanes or tornadoes. Not only does Zetix work work better than other blast resistant fabric, but it costs much less to produce as well.

The technology behind this fabric is a little confusing, but the power of it is obvious. Here is the basic theory: an explosion is obviously going to rapidly stretch a fabric. When most materials are stretch they get thinner and are therefore more vulnerable. Using a concept called helical-auxetics, Zetix actually gets thicker when it is stretched. The more it is stretched, the thicker it gets. That makes it capable of diffusing explosions, and it means it can do it again and again.

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