Friday, May 9, 2008

New Fabric For Vault Suits Blocks Gamma!

Now if they can put a layer under bulletproof armor it will be perfect.


Anonymous said...

I'm not sure if you've seen this, but this is just wow:

What was that about Children of the Devil?

Anonymous said...

Read their technical report. This material will help protect against alpha and beta particles and will reduce low level gamma rays for certain nuclear medicine and Xray applications. Note the measurement scale used is for 1/1000 of a rad/rem, with reductions of ~500/1000 (.5 rem). Note that sheet plastic and duct tape will provide the same protection against alpha and beta particles at a much lower cost.

This is a decent product for replacing the old heavy lead blankets used to protect patients from medical xrays. However, it will not protect one from gamma radiation from nuclear fallout unless if you have a thickness of this material of at least a couple of feet.

Texas Arcane said...

I never assumed it would even give that much protection. It is quite an advance in general protection in a low level radiation environment. I would never believe anything short of a lead blanket could block gamma, in fact.