Friday 20 November 2009

X-Flex: Amazing Bombproof Wallpaper

"X-Flex is a new kind of wallpaper: one that’s quite possibly stronger than the wall it’s on. Invented by Berry Plastics in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, this lifesaving adhesive is designed for use anyplace that’s prone to blasts and other lethal forces, like in war or natural-disaster zones, chemical plants or airports."

X-Flex is made from a “Kevlar-like material” sandwiched between an elastic polymer wrap. It’s lightweight, portable, and easy to install relative to the protection it offers: you just peel off the back, stick it to the wall, and bolt it to the ceiling and floor and you’re done, wallpaper or paint an be applied over it. Popular Science put X-Flex to the test with a wrecking ball as you’ll see in the video, you can also see X-Flex withstanding an actual bomb blast on their website.

Worth noting that, X-Flex is not actually intended to protect against ballistics, like bullets or shrapnel, just blasts and blunt impacts like bombs. Although not specified by X-Flex, the material may also have enormous potential in reinforcing un-reinforced masonry in earthquake prone areas ?

Authors note: I've just realized a completely unintentional uncanny coincidence that this post is numbered 911!
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