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Comments on Liquid Armor With Shear Thickening Fluid
Science fiction writers were first on the scene again in conceptualizing armor that flows with the body but hardens upon impact. (Read the complete story)

"'Intercalation' is an interesting word choice. Its primary use is to describe the insertion of an extra day (or week or month) into the calendar to make sure the dates follow the seasons. Leap Day is an intercalary day. There must be more to the process of 'soaking' the Kevlar fibers than meets the eye..."
(Bill 8/2/2006 7:44:47 AM)
"Would be most practical as a motorcyclists suit and this would probably be the most popular usage of the material. I can only see a huge benefit in saving many many lives "
(Tim Wyndham 8/15/2006 7:07:51 PM)
"I don't think you should overlook citing Dune. This armor is very similar to the energy shields they wear that can stop a fast moving bullet, but are susceptible to a slow strike of a knife."
(Jesse 8/17/2006 11:41:37 AM)
"mithril was first :)"
(charon 8/30/2006 3:12:13 AM)
"'as light as a feather... and as hard as dragon scales' is what Bilbo says in the LOTR movie, and he shakes it slightly to show how flexible it is.

(Mithril coat from LOTR)
(Bill Christensen 8/30/2006 4:52:31 AM)
"hmm. interesting, but what kind of impact force is necessary for the liquid to thicken? It would be incredible tragic (but funny) if a strong sonic vibration could trigger the hardening of the liquid. I can just see a battalion of troops locked in place by their own armor due to a large boombox playing DMX."
( 8/30/2006 5:27:11 PM)
"you know kinda like in the book enders game whenever they get shot in the war games the shot freezes the part of their body where they got shot. great book by the way. "
(Benji the max 11/15/2007 6:30:16 PM)
"MIT is working on a similar kind of fluid that uses a suspension of iron nanoparticles that react, not to impact, but a magnetic field. That might solve the "boombox" dillema... that and not armouring critical joints..."
( 2/21/2008 6:50:41 AM)
"I think you're referring to magnetorheological fluids. Check out the AKROD v2 - Active Knee Rehabilitation Device, a real device that uses magnetorheological fluids for a variable stiffness."
(Bill Christensen 2/22/2008 3:43:19 PM)

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