Endumax® is a thin, ultra-strong tape with a very high modulus and high cut and wear resistance. It is suitable for applications ranging from force transmission, material reinforcement and rope connections to ballistic protection and more.
One of the first applications in which Endumax demonstrated its unique properties was ballistic protection. In part, this was because of Teijin Aramid’s long history and extensive experience in ballistic protection. But it was particularly because of the excellent performance shown by Endumax cross-ply and consolidated plates in dealing with different ballistic threats.
Endumax is also showing its unique qualities by helping disabled people to move their arms. As a thin and ultra-strong tape, it is used to transmit forces in a dynamic arm support that allows people with severely limited arm function to move their hands.
Today’s police and defense forces need to carry more equipment into daily service. This should not mean, however, that they carry more weight. Instead, both body armor and vehicle armor need to be lightweight, highly effective and flexible. Endumax® fits exactly these needs. It is the material of choice for modern protection equipment. When combined with light and flexible anti-ballistic protection products made from Twaron®, Endumax lightweight plates enable ballistic protection gear to meet the highest demands in terms of protection, flexibility and low weight.
High ballistic protection with Endumax
Protective uni-directionals (UDs) and composites, like insert plates, protective panels and helmets made from Endumax, have a very high degree of braking energy, resulting in a particularly high stopping power for bullets and fragments.
Endumax plates have been tested against a number of threats. Certified solutions show the high potential of Endumax for different threat levels:
NIJ 0101.04 level III: 15.5kg/m² Endumax® insert plate in conjunction with a Twaron® soft pack
NIJ 0101.04 level IV: 35kg/m² insert plate made from Endumax® in conjunction with an aluminum-oxide ceramic plate and a Twaron® soft pack
NIJ 0108.01 level III: 17kg/m² Endumax® hard armor plate
TR 03/97: Bullet-proof shield SK II: 15.4kg/m² Endumax® hard armor plate
Easy Handling And Processing Of Endumax
Endumax is produced in wide, thin tapes. Therefore, you only need 25% of the quantity of matrix material conventionally used to produce a UD or composite (compared with conventional thin multifilament yarns). This yields a significant advantage in terms of weight – but also in terms of the amount of chemicals needed. Due to the material’s high stiffness and shape at low matrix content, the pressure needed to produce a shaped anti-ballistic plate is approximately 60bar – significantly lower than for other UHMWPE materials, which may require up to 200bar pressure.
Edumax Offers High stiffness and dimensional stability
Extensive testing has shown that pressed shaped plates made from Endumax retain their original form and protection performance levels even if they have been exposed to temperatures and/or moisture levels above the normal working range (e.g., during storage).