Leeds University’s School of Civil Engineering has received a £100,000 grant to work on a bullet-proof vest that is made out of cement.
The vest uses ultra-strong cement mixed with recycled carbon fibres and could work out to be up to 90% cheaper to manufacture than the current alumina-based vests.
The British army has been widely criticised for not providing the soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan enough armour and protection.
Dr Philip Purnell, who is leading the research team said: “Cement-based body armour would not only create a whole new market but it would also take some of the pressure off the demand for hi-spec alumina models so that people like soldiers, who really need this kit, can get it.”
I’m glad I’m not in the army. I wouldn’t fancy lugging a cement vest around in the desert.
Never mind the rumbling joypad – now you can really feel the shots hitting home with the 3rd Space FPS Vest…
Like a game of Laser Tag in front of your TV, these Third Space Vests can emulate the feeling of being shot when playing your first-person shooters. Mmm, added realism, tasty.
They’ve been created by Mark Ombrellaro, a physician who was inspired by medical vests used when training medical staff. According…