Sullivan, Missouri – Customised polyurethane composite materials are at the heart of a range of impact and wear resistant polymers for the defence and transport industries. The materials, created by Bleeding Edge EnSys, can resist blasts from IEDs and landmines.
‘We’ve created polymers for high wear and high impact applications such as track pads on the Abrams M1 battle tanks, landmine detonation wheels, Humvee underbody IED armour, and unique transparent bullet resistant windows,’ said George Sturman, the company’s founder. ‘Urethanes are usually lighter weight and more versatile to design with than rubber and other plastics or glass used in armouring.’
The company’s Humvee underbody blast panel was tested against an IED and an M19 landmine, and then shot with three rounds of armour-piercing bullets, with no penetration. The panel was 5.8cm thick, and weighed 112 kg/m2.
It is also developing other new applications for its materials, including a ballistic security door to protect schools from high-calibre rounds, as well as tornados.