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"Lightweight, flexible and smart protective clothing for law enforcement personnel"

Objective

"The concept of the proposed project lies in the development of lightweight and flexible 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 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, the proposed project 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 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, while a main limitation is that existing protective gear is usually limited to the body armour, innovative solutions are herein proposed for the protection of vulnerable body parts other than the torso."

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/textiles
  • /social sciences/law

Call for proposal

FP7-SEC-2013-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

ANONYMI ETAIREIA VIOMICHANIKIS EREVNAS, TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS KAI ERGASTIRIAKON DOKIMON, PISTOPIISIS KAI PIOTITAS
Address
A Viomichaniki Periochi (Industrial Area Of Volos)
38500 Volos
Greece
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 417 010
Administrative Contact
Emmanuel Sofianopoulos (Mr.)

Participants (9)

ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 374 040
Address
Carrer De La Innovacio 2
08225 Terrassa
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Amro Satti (Dr.)
NEXT TECHNOLOGY TECNOTESSILE SOCIETA NAZIONALE DI RICERCA R L
Italy
EU contribution
€ 294 881,60
Address
Via Del Gelso 13
59100 Prato
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Enrico Fatarella (Dr.)
IDRYMA TECHNOLOGIAS KAI EREVNAS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 403 619
Address
N Plastira Str 100
70013 Irakleio
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Andreas Plagakis (Mr.)
KOSTAS SIAMIDIS AE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 248 130
Address
Industrial Zone Inofita
32011 Tanagra Viotia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mihalis Siamidis (Dr.)
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 344 800
Address
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ernst Schmachtenberd (Prof.)
B.C.B INTERNATIONAL LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 267 200
Address
Clydesmuir Road Units 7 & 8 Industrial Estate Tremorfa
CF24 2QS Cardiff
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Frances Hunt (Mrs.)
SOLIANI EMC SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 166 125,20
Address
Via Varesina 122
22100 Como
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Domenica Roncoroni
E. CIMA SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 157 061,22
Address
Calle Vendrell 35
08227 Terrassa Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jose Miguel Pastor Aguado (Mr.)
DEPARTAMENT D'AGRICULTURA, RAMADERIA, PESCA I ALIMENTACIO
Spain
EU contribution
€ 108 200
Address
Gran Via De Les Corts Catalanes 612-614
08007 Barcelona
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Merce Soro (Mrs.)