Research on Graphene Composite for Bullet Proof Vests and Military Armor

Graphene bullet proof vestA team of Chinese scientists from the Shanghai Institute of Ceramics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have reportedly created a super graphene composite. The material is composed of graphene tubes that can withstand a force of 40,000 times its own weight without distortion. To put this into perspective this force is similar to being 10.9km below the ocean’s surface in the Mariana Trench. Strength is a major characteristic of graphene as well the property of being light in weight. This graphene composite material is reported to be 207 times stronger than steel.

The material is expected to be used for security and military hardware. The graphene composite could be used to produce very strong and extra light weight bulletproof vests and security coverings for tanks and aircraft. The researcher’s claim that this graphene composite is an improvement over standard graphene. The material can be compressed to 5% its original size over 1000 times and can still revert back to its original form after compression.

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SAAB Group Researches Using Graphene to Camouflage Ships, Aircraft, and Military Uniforms

Graphene camouflage

Saab Group (OMX:SAAB B) is an aerospace and defense company based on Sweden. It is also the parent company of the SAAB automobile company. SAAB is a billion dollar giant, and just like aerospace company Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT), SAAB is actively researching how to apply graphene to its products and services. In this case, the company is researching how to use graphene for camouflage. News about defense and military companies researching applications of graphene is always very positive. Some of today’s most widely used technology was first embraced, developed, or even solely invented for military applications (e.g. aircraft, navigation systems, communication systems, pharmaceuticals, production methods, electronic computers). The SAAB group is now part of the list of graphene stocks and companies.

Here is what SAAB had to say about graphene and its research on cloaking:

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Large- Scale Graphene Production vs. Useful Production

A research team at Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) claim to have created continuous sheets of graphene (1 layer thick) using the CVD process. They also claim to have been able to produce graphene fibers. You can read the research article here.

Though this type of production of graphene is actually not as rare as one might think. The real breakthroughs that graphene investors need to pay attention to is when useful graphene is created in a cost effective manner.

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