Dyneema is trademarked as the world's strongest fiber and is used for a wide variety of applications, especially in life-threatening situations. Think you know how strong Dyneema is and how it works? Then take the ultimate Dyneema quiz!
Polyethylene is used to make many plastics, but only the ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW-PE) will produce Dyneema.
Dyneema was invented several decades ago. It has been in production since 1990.
Although Dyneema can float on water, is fire resistant and self-extinguishing it is not lighter than air. It is lightweight, however, and yet it can still stop a bullet from an AK47.
Dyneema is biologically inert so it doesn't cause any negative reactions from the human body when someone touches it.
Maybe they should rename Superman as the "Man of Dyneema" because this fiber is 15 times stronger than steel!
Holy mackerel! Dyneema is currently used for high-strength fishing nets.
Dyneema unidirectional sheets are layered on top of each other at a 90 degree angle in order to disperse the energy of an impact faster and more efficiently.
Although Dyneema can't stop every kind of threat, it can protect against both soft and hard ballistics.
Spall are tiny pieces of metal, concrete or other projectiles that can penetrate a vehicle after an explosion. Spall liners are used to catch and absorb these fragments so they don't injure vehicle occupants.
Dyneema can be shaped and cut easily which makes it an ideal material for armored vehicles that need high-impact protection.
Dyneema can be 50 to 75 percent less dense than steel armor even when it has a steel or ceramic strike plate on it. That means there's a lot less weight on a person or vehicle!
Dyneema's lightweight characteristic doesn't sacrifice a vehicle's design or maneuverability. Other armored vehicle options are heavier and can impact a vehicles ability to perform, throw off the center of gravity or inhibit their original design.
The Structural Blast Chimney channels the energy from an explosion to the center of the vehicle and then sends it up and away from the vehicle. This allows the vehicle to stay firmly planted on the ground while protecting the occupants as well.
85 percent of all aircraft flying in the United States have bullet-resistant cockpit doors made out of Dyneema.
They found that Dyneema could increase the helmet fragmentation performance by 35 percent.
SWAT helmets made with Dyneema are half the weight of previous helmets. This provides officers with added maneuverability and less equipment weight.
South Korea used Dyneema for some of their Navy patrol boats and hovercraft. Because Dyneema is buoyant it can be made into boat panels.
The Beijing Bureau of Public Safety ordered vests and helmets made of out Dyneema for the 2008 Olympics in their city.
Dyneema has been used to make mooring and towing lines in the shipping industry.
The medical field has used Dyneema to create surgical cables and orthopedic sutures.