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Case Study: Safer gear for soldiers

UNT is part of a new cooperative agreement established by the U.S. Army Research Laboratory. Researchers with UNT’s Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Processes Institute (AMMPI) will work with experts from three other universities and the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) to come up with better ways to keep soldiers safe.


UNT will look at the materials used in body and vehicle armor to understand how current materials fail so that they can explore new ways to improve those materials to make them stronger, more durable and cost efficient.

UNT’s portion of the project includes examining body and vehicle armor to understand how current failures take place so that they can collaborate on creating stronger, more durable armor to ultimately save the lives of military personnel.


$20 million grant from the ARL


Rajiv Mishra, AMMPI’s director and a professor of materials science and engineering, will lead the UNT team. Several UNT faculty members will participate on the project alongside researchers from Temple University, the University of Southern California and the University of Southern Mississippi.


The UNT researchers will use high-tech equipment to show exactly what the impact is like. The high-speed camera captures images so fast that it can show failure precesses that start at the smallest scale and fastest stage of ballistics impact.

The early testing of the armor materials will be done inside the institute, as well the design and early testing of the new and improved materials.


The two-year project aims to create a new class of stronger, more durable protective personal equipment for U.S. military personnel. UNT hopes to create stronger and better materials for body and vehicle armor for soldiers. Once they do, their materials will be sent to the ARL for further testing.