How do bullet proof vests work?

Everyone knows that a bullet proof vest is made to decrease the chances of someone actually being injured from a round that is coming at him or her at high rates of speed. While everyone knows what the vest is supposed to do, many do not know how this is accomplished. In order to know that you are truly protected by the vest that you are wearing, you should know how it works. Knowing what makes it work properly can help you to be sure you choose the right vest for your needs.

Bullet proof vests are made from a very strong, very durable fiber called Kevlar®. Kevlar® was originally designed for use in the latest and greatest tires, but was later shown to be stronger than anyone could have ever imagined. The fibers were then woven together very tightly to form the bullet proof panel that is worn in carriers today. Over the years, not much has changed in the way that Kevlar® has been used for the panels because it does its job so well. article

When Kevlar® fibers are woven together, they become stronger and stronger. The ballistic plate that is used in the bullet proof vests that are worn today is made from many layers of the woven Kevlar® fibers. Each layer adds a level of protection to the plate. There are some plates that are thicker and heavier than others are. This is because the heavier, thicker plates are designed to withstand larger rounds while the typical plate that is used for everyday wears, is lightweight and thin.

When a bullet comes into contact with the plate, the fibers absorb the impact and disperse the energy throughout the plate. When body armour was first used, the fact that the energy needed to be dispersed was not known. Many people were protected from the actual penetration of the bullet, but later died from the internal injuries they sustained from the impact of the bullet. Internal organs are very sensitive to extreme impact and in order to avoid injury, developers figured out that the Kevlar® needed to be woven together so that it would disperse the energy from the bullet.

Bullet proof vests that are worn today are designed to take the impact and disperse it. The vests provide protection for the level they are designed to withstand. It is important to be sure that you are wearing a vest that offers the right protection to suit your needs. A vest that is designed for small ammunition fire will not have the ability to disperse the energy that comes from a larger round. This means that the round could pass through the vest or the impact could cause internal injuries to someone. It is best to take the time to assess the dangers that you are facing so that you can be sure that you are wearing the right level of protection. This can help to insure you are safe at all times and that the vest is able to work the way that it is meant to work.