A material strong enough to stop bullets could eventually protect military nurses. A futuristic exhibit at The Fabric Museum and Workshop in Philadelphia features ballistic materials made by Honeywell Performance Fibers.
|This futuristic "Post-Apocalyptic Nurse" uniform uses lightweight, high-strength materials from Honeywell Advanced Materials and Composites. Photo is courtesy of artists Mark Dion and J. Morgan Puett in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia.|
SpectraFlex and Gold Flex soft body-armor materials go into the display's Post-Apocalyptic Nurse uniform. The high-strength materials are in the uniform's harness, a yellow backpacklike carryall wrapping around the shoulder and behind to cover a nurse's back. Besides shielding nurses from attack, the harness is used to transport heavy, bulky, dangerous loads.
Ballistic materials made with Spectra fiber also are going into bullet-resistant vests for law-enforcement officers in the U.S. and for about 100,000 troops in Operation Enduring Freedom in Iraq.