October 26, 2007
October 26, 2007 - Australian rural science organization AgResearch has developed a stab and flame resistant vest using knitted Vectran, a non-cut, ultra high-strength liquid crystal polymer based fabric, which is combined with short wool fiber that is packed into the outer fabric surface.
The fabric resists puncture or knife penetration, is lightweight, comfortable to wear and has the dual benefits of breathability and comfort of wool and the puncture resistance of Vectran. The fabric is suitable for casual vests or jackets.
The fabric, while not being bullet proof, is able to resist penetration by a knife and is also cut resistant. Wool, a natural protein fiber, is flame resistant and when exposed to severe heat will char into carbon but will not ignite. This carbon then forms a protective barrier against further heat.
The Vectran yarns will hold this carbon in place, making the fabric capable of withstanding severe temperature 'flashover' without causing serious injury to the wearer or undue damage to the inherent fabric integrity. Reprinted from Blues Country Magazine, Australia