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!
Dyneema is a synthetic fiber made from a certain chemical similar to the one used in many plastics -- one with an ultra-high molecular weight. What is the chemical?
Polyethylene is used to make many plastics, but only the ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW-PE) will produce Dyneema.
Sheets of Dyneema can be added on the inside of a vehicle to protect occupants against small fragments after an explosion. What is the name of this type of added protection?
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's light weight makes it ideal for vehicles because they can be protected without sacrificing what?
All of the above
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.
Dyneema is an innovation in and of itself, but it's also being implemented into other innovations like the structural blast chimney, which does what?
Channels the energy of an explosion back toward where the explosion first occurred.
Channels the energy of an explosion to the center of the vehicle then up and away from it.
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.
Channels the energy of an explosion down into the ground.
After the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said that all cockpit doors must be bullet-resistant. What percentage of aircraft in the United States have bullet-resistant doors made out of Dyneema?
85 percent of all aircraft flying in the United States have bullet-resistant cockpit doors made out of Dyneema.
A number of countries use Dyneema for their military and police forces. Which country implemented Dyneema panels into some of their patrol boats and hovercraft in order to make them bullet-proof and fire resistant?
South Korea used Dyneema for some of their Navy patrol boats and hovercraft. Because Dyneema is buoyant it can be made into boat panels.