Science and Protection

The manufacture of manmade fibres and materials through large scale chemical engineering has led to the creation of products which protect many from serious injury or death.


Body Armour

What happens when a bullet hits body armour constructed from bullet proof fabrics? In this clip a body armour manufacturer reveals how the fabric reacts when fired upon and details the rigorous testing procedures carried out on the vests.

Teachers' Notes

Teachers' Notes - Body Armour

This looks at how bullet proof vests are manufactured and tested.


Science (Physics)


  • The importance of testing. What other tests could you carry out on a particular material?
  • How does the material in a bullet proof vest work to protect the person wearing it?

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