in Defence / Security

Morgan Advanced Materials demos bomb disposal suit

Posted 4 January 2017 · Add Comment

Morgan Advanced Materials has released a new video which shows the performance of its Silverback 4020 Elite bomb disposal suit against four life impacting aspects of blast; flame immersion, high velocity fragment impact, blast pressure wave and 'tertiary' effects; across four different blast tests.



Critical to survivability, the tests illustrate the importance Morgan places on reducing the impact of blast pressure waves, which alongside flame and fragments, have devastating impact on internal organs without adequate protection. The testing was conducted at the independently certified OTS testing facility at Faldingworth (UK) and utilised a range of testing best practice, including key aspects of the NIJ 0117.00 Public Safety Bomb Suit Standard, in addition to other blast analysis including the Bowen Survivability Curve and overpressure reduction. 

The first blast test shown on the video demonstrates the suit’s survivability when kneeling, measured against the NIJ 0117.00 Public Safety Bomb Suit Standard for an explosive of 0.567kg C4 threat at 0.6m. The recorded footage reveals that the suit provides a pressure reduction between 96.9% and 99.7%, achieving a position on the Bowen Curve showing more than 99% survivability probability (in a controlled test environment). Three further blast tests assess the suit’s survivability when standing, facing a 1kg (2.20 lbs) C4 threat at 1m, a 2kg (4.41 lbs) C4 threat at 2m, and a 10kg (22.05 lbs) C4 threat at 3m. All three tests returned a position on the Bowen Curve stating a survivability probability greater than 99% (in a controlled test environment), with a pressure reduction between 98.1% and 98.5% for 1kg and 10kg blasts.

In addition to ensuring the highest levels of survivability, the Silverback 4020 Elite is designed for enhanced manoeuvrability, providing the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) operator with the flexibility they require for operating in a restrictive environment. The business conducts its own manoeuvrability tests, testing flexibility to crouch, climb and crawl, furthermore the suit utilises a powerful demisting system embedded in the helmet for improved situational awareness. Advanced cooling systems, which incorporate a flame ingress brake mechanism are embedded into the suit enhance comfort and reduce operator fatigue.  An innovative quick release system, allowing the user to evacuate the suit unaided in less than 25 seconds in the event of an emergency situation, is designed into the suit’s jacket and trousers.

Chris Davies, Technology Director at Morgan Advanced Materials’ Composites and Defence Business, commented: "We are delighted with the survivability performance of the Silverback 4020 Elite, reducing the impact of blast pressure waves has been a key focus throughout the design of the product, along with protection against flame and fragments. The suit’s high performance levels have been achieved through years of blast materials research and development, combined with leading garment engineering to create a truly world class highly flexible bomb disposal suit."

 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

B&H to provide EMEA forward stocking location for AeroVision

B&H Worldwide is going to open a new forward stocking location with aerospace logistics provider AeroVision International, to service customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Aviation Skills Awards 2017 open for nominations

Nominations are now open for the 2017 awards which recognise and reward those who are doing exceptional work in aviation and training.

Leonardo delivers an AW119Kx and a GrandNew to the Philippines

Leonardo's presence in the Philippines is expanding with the recent delivery of an AgustaWestland AW119Kx and a GrandNew to corporate clients.

Stadium Stontronics introduces SRS low profile AC-DC power supplies

Stadium Stontronics has introduced a SRS series of medium- to high-power single-output enclosed type AC-DC power supplies, which have been designed with a very high performance ratio for industrial automation, control,

QinetiQ demos digital VR classroom

QinetiQ has demonstrated how emerging technology could make training more efficient and effective, in a showcase attended by military VIPs at QinetiQ's Training Innovation Facility in Farnborough, UK.

Theorem Solutions to preview multi-device visualisation app at Develop3D Live 2017

Theorem Solutions of Tamworth, Staffordshire, will be introducing Augmented (AR), Mixed (MR) and Virtual Reality (VR) App at Develop3D Live 2017 within the Virtual Reality Zone (in the Mead Gallery) on 28th March 2017 at Warwick Arts

SMIFAV SK2003010517
See us at
SMI BT1705SMI MSS BT0601270417SMI FHT BT0601190517SEKOFuture Armoured Vehicles Situational Awareness BTSMI12DE BT203280917DSEI LB0911150917