BAE Systems’ shear-thickening liquid makes for lighter armor


Bristol UK’s BAE Systems have developed a shear-thickening liquid that combines with Kevlar to make a sort of super-armor. This kind of material acts a lubricant at low velocities. As such, this could revolutionize the world of bullet proof vests.

The scientists in the project describe it as “bullet proof custard.” You probably won’t want to eat it though. That could be bad. It’s great for wearing though, according to the company.

According to the company, recent tests in which a large gas gun fired metal projectiles at over 300 meters / second into both thirty-one layers of untreated kevlar and ten layers of kevlar combined with the liquid have determined that the liquid armor could be used to effectively protect soldiers from bullets and shrapnel.