Picture of a sphere with binary code

Making Strathclyde research discoverable to the world...

The Strathprints institutional repository is a digital archive of University of Strathclyde research outputs. It exposes Strathclyde's world leading Open Access research to many of the world's leading resource discovery tools, and from there onto the screens of researchers around the world.

Explore Strathclyde Open Access research content

Evaluation of test regimes for stab-resistant body armour

Walker, Colin and Gray, Thomas and Nicol, Alexander and Chadwick, E.K.J. (2004) Evaluation of test regimes for stab-resistant body armour. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part L: Journal of Materials: Design and Applications, 218 (4). pp. 355-363. ISSN 1464-4207

Full text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)

Abstract

Modern lightweight stab-resistant body armour has been developed in response to the operational requirements and the experiences of police forces. While a high degree of protection may be afforded to the wearer, this has usually been achieved at the expense of weight, stiffness, and comfort. The use of a test method to measure the protection level of a proposed design against a target specification is inherent in the design and development process. This study reviews data used to establish recent improvements in standard test methods, and shows that deficiencies in current standards may well lead to over-specification of body armour. It is shown that more detailed characterization of real human stabbing actions is needed and the test situation needs to be viewed as a multibody, dynamic interaction if results are to be obtained that reflect the reality of an attack. The information will be of particular interest to body armour manufacturers and researchers working to improve armour design.