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Body armour solution

3D body armour, made with multi-layers of para-aramid fabric have been cut and assembled following a new distribution of the sewing stiches, in order to minimize the cuttings and the final weight of the body armour.

Each layer of para-aramid fabric has been cut with respect to specific shapes for the front and back faces of the body armour

The assembly of the resulted front and back faces is done by sewing to obtain one layer of the body armour.

The final body armour made of several layers of this specific assembly have been tested with 6 shots of 9 mm FMJ RN bullets fired at 350 m/s, corresponding to level II of NIJ 0101.06 norm.

All the 6 shots have been stopped at the different body areas and the average value of the dynamic depth penetration of the bullet is 30 mm.


F. Boussu and P. Bruniaux, « Customization of a lightweight bullet proof vest for the female form », in Advances in military textiles and personal equipment.: Woodhead Publishing, 2012, ch. Part II, pp. 167-195.

P. Bruniaux, I. Cristian, and F. Boussu, « State of the art and new perspective on ballistic vest design », in Technical Textiles – Present and Future Symposium, Iasi, Romania, 21-22 October 2011.

A. Cichocka, M. Kulinska, P. Bruniaux, and F. Boussu, « Ballistic Body Armor Project for Women », in AUTEX 2009 World Textile Conference, İzmir, Turkey, May 26-29, 2009, pp. 773-778.

J. Maillet, M. Kulinska, A. Cichocka, P. Bruniaux, and F. Boussu, « A ballistic vest for women », in LWAG 2009 Conference, Security and use of innovative technologies against terrorism, Aveiro, Portugal, May 18-19, 2009.

F. Boussu, A. Ragot, M. Kulinska, X. Legrand, and P. Bruniaux, « Customization of a lightweight ballistic vest », in Futurotextiel 08, 2nd International scientific conference “Textiles of the Future”, Kortrijk, Belgium, 13 – 15 november 2008.

« Ballistic Resistance of Body Armor », Office of Science and Technology, National Institute of Justice, Washington, DC, NIJ Standard–0101.06 NCJ 223054, July 2008.

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