VESTLIFE – Ultralight Modular Bullet Proof Integral Solution for Dismounted Soldier Protection
Call for Preparatory Action on Defence Research PADR 2017-FPSS-Subtopic b- Personalised ballistic, blast and CBRN protection of military personnel.
Protective clothing is designed to protect soldiers against ballistic threats. The demands on protective clothing are strict but above all contradictory, as they require a combination of optimum protection, coupled with comfort. While denser, waterproof textiles increase protection, they are uncomfortable and this makes the design and development of effective protective clothing a complex problem. Creating the ideal garment for a specific mission requires optimisation between physiological load and protection. System requirements following optimisation will lead to mission-specific requirements for subsystems and clothing materials. Current commercially available ballistic systems have several disadvantages, mainly weight, but also low flexibility and design deficiencies due to differences in anatomy, protection approaches based only on kinetic energy threats and limitations in the use of CBRN agents (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear).
VESTLIFE aims to develop a new lightweight modular integral solution for ballistic protection, integrating a CBRN detection system. The garments will enable a larger area of the body to be protected while maintaining comfort, as well as weight reduction of the ballistic panels, thus ensuring optimal balance between protection and comfort, adapting the protection surface to the predicted risk of the mission. The project aims to develop different types of ballistic protection armour with advanced performance characteristics. The protection system will consist of different levels, mainly flexible panels for low and medium ballistic protection levels and rigid plates for higher levels. Finding the sweet spot between comfort and protection will help in designing the optimal architecture for the materials on the body. A software model will provide these data, which will be used to define clothing architecture, which will in turn, be created in the integration step to validate the performance of the garment.
To this end, nine work packages have been established – seven of which are technical, to define requirements for system protection, modelling and design of solutions, development of new textile structures, ballistic polymer composites and advanced ballistic ceramics, integration of materials and CBRN systems and validation of solutions. Transversal actions such as project management, exploitation and dissemination are included in two work packages for the duration of the project.
Project duration: 36 months
Start date: May 1, 2018
Total EU contribution: 2,433,425.38 €.
List of participants:
- TEXTILE INDUSTRY RESEARCH ASSOCIATION (AITEX) – Spain
- CENTRO TECNOLÓGICO DAS INDUSTRIAS TEXTIL E DO VESTUARIO DE PORTUGAL (CITEVE) – Portugal
- BRASSER PAUL (BRAPA) – Netherlands
- TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION FOUNDATION (TECNALIA) – Spain
- PETROCERAMICS SPA (PETROCERAMICS) – Italy
- FY-COMPOSITES OY (FY-COMPOSITES) – Finland
Amount: 519,250.00 €.
This project has received funding from the European Union Preparatory Action for Defence Research – PADR Programme under grant agreement No 800876 [VESTLIFE].
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