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Dupont opens a testing lab for Kevlar in India to run ballistics and stab resistance

I read today about Dupont opening a testing facility in Hyderabad at about 700 kms east of Mumbai. I am not sure this is really hot stuff or i missed the info already old for few of my readers…anyway…

The testing house is said to be dedicated to ballistics and stab resistant materials…they also declare having a press of aprox. 600 tons for ballistic protective helmets.

With this new opening Dupont counts now with 5 testing facilities. The other 4 are based in Switzerland, Brazil, USA (2 in the US, one in Richmond VA and the other one in Wilmington_Delaware).

Sounds like the Indian Market is the key hot market for the US company and the objective with no doubt is to educate final users and direct customers on kevlar properties and make sure they know how to transform their product. Liability is extremely important for the fiber company so having a private own lab will help a lot small helmet and body armor producers to design their solutions as long as they use Kevlar, of course…

Written by David Ducos

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  1. Phil Cunniff
    26/06/2012 at 01:15

    David,
    Thanks for the tip.

    From the duPont website (http://www2.dupont.com/personal-protection/en-us/dpt/article/ballistics-testing-facility.html), it seems that DuPont opened a (read one) range and a 600 ton compression molding machine capable of making helmets (read one) in India. Not that that’s unimportant.

    It may be easier to obtain “Chevlar” (http://www.chinatexnet.com/ChinaSuppliers/15924/kevlar-fiber-597074.html) and “Chineema” (http://detail.en.china.cn/provide/1082023420.html) in Hyderabad India that in Richmond.

    Similarly, lots of other aramids (Poly-P-Phenylene-Terephthalamide) and copolymers of aramids (i.e. Poly-P-Phenylene-Benzimidazole-Terephthalamide i.e. http://www.scientific.net/AMR.204-210.919) are produced in China. I wish I could have those fibers. All three, and varaints of the three, would be a wonderful thing to study, both at the fiber level and at the end item level.

    That may be what they’re thinking too, since why would you buy a 600 ton press when a 300 ton press is more than enough to make a good PVB-phenolic helmet (NEW MATERIALS AND CONSTRUCTION FOR IMPROVED HELMETS. Anthony L. Alesi , et al, Army Materials and Mechanics Research Center, Watertown, Massachusetts November 1975).

    I’d love to be a fly on that wall (those walls).

    Best Regards,

    phil

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