The concept of SMARTPRO lies in the development of lightweight and smart protective clothing, incorporating smart functionalities and designated for law enforcement authorities. Up to now, research on the protective gear of this group concentrated on the ballistic properties of the body armour. However, in spite of the improvements, modern body armours still have some of the same drawbacks as the old ones, as they are mostly heavy, bulky and rigid. Therefore, they limit the wearer’s mobility and agility and are impractical for use on joints, arms, legs, etc. Moreover, body armours have traditionally been designed to protect the wearer against ballistic threats and thus, they provide only a limited level of protection against knives, sharp blades or other sharp-tipped weapons. Recent studies, however, reveal that stab and puncture have become a main cause of police officers injuries. Therefore, there is an obvious need to develop materials that combine stab and ballistic protection, while retaining their flexibility and low weight.
In this context, SMARTPRO aims to develop optimized ballistic textiles (both woven and spacer knitted fabrics) and apply innovative surface treatments (e.g. shear thickening fluids, ceramic coatings) to improve their performance on an areal density basis. Thus fewer fabric layers will be required, which is expected to result in increased flexibility and reduced weight of the armour. Main parameters to consider also include the physiological comfort and ergonomic design. Additionally, smart functions, including positioning systems, will be integrated to further increase the efficiency of the body armour, eventually leading to reduced casualties. Finally, innovative solutions are proposed for the protection of vulnerable body parts other than the torso.
LEITAT’s role in the project: LEITAT is leading the WP1 focusing on the development of ballistic/stab resistant (protective) textiles and advanced composite structures as well as the WP7 to implement the awareness, dissemination and exploitation of the results obtained from SMARTPRO project. LEITAT will also participate in the WP that will develop the textile surface treatment aiming to improve stab&ballistic resistance or induce functional propertie (applying dilatants powders, and comparing the behavior of several chemical compounds with shear rate as a function of applied shear stress) and the WP that will focus on the development and integration of smart systems on textiles.
Number of Contract: FP7/607295
Coordinator: ANONYMI ETAIREIA VIOMICHANIKIS EREVNAS, TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS KAI ERGASTIRIAKON DOKIMON, PISTOPIISIS KAI PIOTITAS
Email LEITAT manager in charge: Javier Casellas
Duration: 42 months
|ANONYMI ETAIREIA VIOMICHANIKIS EREVNAS, TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS KAI ERGASTIRIAKON DOKIMON, PISTOPIISIS KAI PIOTITAS||Greece|
|LEITAT Technological Center||Spain|
|Next Technology Tecnotessile Società Nazionale di Ricerca r.l.||Italy|
|FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS||Greece|
|KOSTAS SIAMIDIS AE||Greece|
|RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN||Germany|
|B.C.B INTERNATIONAL LIMITED||United Kingdom|
|SOLIANI EMC SRL||Italy|
|E. CIMA SA||Spain|
|Departament d’Interior – Generalitat de Catalunya||Spain|