For numerous years, soldier protection dedicated research groups have been using high-speed visible imaging systems in order to evaluate the level of protection offered by various ballistic materials. The main objective of these studies consists in evaluating the amount of energy absorbed by a given material, and how efficient this material is at spreading the absorbed energy to a large area. Obviously, the outputs lead to the commercialization of better and more efficient soldier protective gear.
This phenomenon can straightforwardly be measured very efficiently by a high-speed scientific grade infrared camera. This application note presents the results of measurements of ballistic impact using the Telops FAST-IR 1000 high-speed infrared camera.