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Mars Lander made From TurtleSkin Inflatable Fabric

We helped to develop the mission-critical airbag fabric used in three successful rover landings on Mars: Pathfinder, Spirit, and Opportunity.

Puncture Protection

Patented TurtleSkin Technologies

  • TurtleSkin Fabric
  • SoftPlate
  • Metal Flex Accessory (MFA)
  • ChemBio Laminates
  • Lighter-Than-Air (LTA)

TurtleSkin Patented Technologies

TurtleSkin protective equipment is made with patented, high-strength materials that were engineered to offer protection from both punctures and cuts.

Our patented technology offers the tightest weave ever achieved with aramid fibers, effectively preventing fine penetrators from passing through the fabric.


Puncture Protection Probe

Certified Puncture Tests
No standardized needle test exists in the US market. The CE Certification (European Mechanical Test EN388) provides puncture-resistant performance levels based on tests with a probe that simulates larger threats—such as nails or barbed wire—but is not effective at determining puncture resistance for high-risk applications like glass slivers, metal shards, or needles. And hypodermic needles are difficult to test because they bend easily.

To demonstrate TurtleSkin's advanced puncture protection, we modified a US ASTM puncture test in our ISO-9001:2000 lab by using a 0.05 inch (1.27 mm) hardened steel probe that simulates the fine tip found on many sharp objects.

 TurtleSkin Gloves Puncture Protection Levels
Puncture 1 - 10-35 ounce force Puncture 3 - 70-100 ounce force
Puncture 2 - 35-70 ounce force Puncture 4 - 100+ ounce force

TurtleSkin SoftPlate

TurtleSkin Ballistic Panel TechnologyOur new concealable Level IIIA soft panel ballistic vest features advanced TurtleSkin SoftPlate technology—an ideal balance of safety, performance, durability and comfort.

Turtleskin SoftPlate technology is designed to provide the best penetration resistance and blunt trauma protection of any Level IIIA concealable soft armor vest on the market. Our technology provides comfort and flexibility while benefiting from the higher performance of specialized laminate materials typically used in hard armor ballistic panels. We set higher internal testing standards and engineered breakthrough materials solutions for obtaining hard armor performance in a soft armor package.



Ballistic Panel Testing Video

Accelerated Aging Testing
Warwick's proprietary Combined Cycle Accelerated Aging (CCAA) protocol recognizes the importance of multiple variables involved in performance loss. We run extensive scientific aging tests on our ballistic materials to ensure that ballistic resistance is maintained over time. Our CCAA chamber simulates the intense environmental factors endured during more than five years of full-time wear.

TurtleSkin Metal Flex Accessory (MFA)

Patented TurtleSkin Puncture, Cut, and Stab Technology
TurtleSkin MFA stab panels combine a patented TurtleSkin fabric with a thin metal element for multi-threat protection. The lightweight TurtleSkin MFA stab panel is engineered with both hard and soft elements to create a stab armor solution that combines the flexible properties of a textile with the toughness of hard plate armor. The textile component makes it comfortable for daily use. The hard armor component provides the required puncture protection.

Stab Resistant Vest System   Stab Resistant Vest Elements
MFA Flexible Layer System   Metal element damages blade and
reduces cutting efficiency.
 
Stab Resistant Vest TurtleSkin Layer   Stab Resistant Vest Engergy Absorbtion
TurtleSkin layer tangles and
contains cutting edge.
  MFA flexes to absorb energy.
Knife is defeated.


ChemBio Laminates

Puncture Protection ChemBioBlackout/IR Signal/Thermal Load
Blackout, infrared signature, and thermal load are very closely related attributes in soft-sided emergency shelters. Warwick provides a number of options for tent designers addressing these three parameters. These laminates allow you to customize solutions to meet specific requirements. One option offers improved functionality obtained using a two-layer approach of tent skin and thermal liner. This provides improved durability and thermal management with the option to remove the thermal layer as required. Another material integrates blackout and IR signature into a single laminate. This approach offers simplicity in bonding, thermal management, system durability, and low packing volume. Another option is a three-ply system consisting of a solar fly, tent wall, and thermal liner. This emergency shelter system significantly reduces thermal load.

Durability
Fielding requirements of protective tents and emergency shelters demand laminates that maintain their chemical and biological protection, tensile strength, and overall integrity throughout the life of the tent. Even after repetitive erecting and striking, decontamination, exposure to abrasion, UV and weathering, our laminates are designed to resist pinholing, tearing, and delamination. In addition to standard test methods, we have developed new methods and apparatus to test laminate durability, including a dynamic sheer for stress/strain measurement that our laminates have successfully completed past 100,000 cycles.

Interply Peel Strength
The integrity and durability of any laminate is only as good as the interfacial strength of adhesion between each layer. Warwick is a world leader in the development, engineering, and testing of adhesive systems for multilayer laminates.

Unlike general purpose tent or shelter materials, an integrated chem-bio laminate consists of many different layers and needs to deliver high interply strength in order to support its specific operational requirements during serious threats and emergency situations.

Tensile
In order to accommodate various tensile requirements, we have engineered a low-mass substrate using high-strength yarns in combination with flame retardant in-fill fiber. This solution allows us to offer a substrate that delivers the highest tensile performance required.

Flame Resistance
As with any shelter structure, flame resistance is crucial. Flammability is a multifaceted problem within a laminate system?each layer brings different flame loads with complex interactions within the combustion cell. Warwick has engineered a flame retardant system that considers both the individual components and the total system's flame load.

Lighter-Than-Air (LTA)

We develop ultralight, flexible fabrics and laminates designed for inflatable airships and aerostats. Our light-than-air (LTA) technologies include specialty materials for hull, ballonet, and bias ply construction, as well as lightweight substrates using high-strength fibers like Vectran®.

Balloon Puncture ProtectionWarwick's superior inflatable fabrics are used to make a variety of lightweight, portable, and rugged inflatable structures, including inflatable evacuation slides, inflatable buildings, inflatable shelters, inflatable tents, inflatable boats, inflatable flotation collars, inflatable lighter-than-air airships, and inflatable air domes.

Rather than use PVC (heavy and highly permeable), Warwick uses urethanes in the development of materials for inflatable structures, which results in materials and fabrics that are subtantially lighter, offer greater durability, and provide excellent capability for retaining gases.

For over 70 years, Warwick has specialized in the development and manufacture of fabrics and materials for inflatable structures and flexible laminate composites. Warwick offers engineering services providing custom inflatable fabrics as well as heat-seal coating and laminate development. Warwick is perfectly positioned to offer fabric development, research, manufacturing, and full-volume production of inflatable structures.

Warwick Supports NASA's Shuttle Replacement
Warwick manufactured the urethane-coated Vectran® material used in the airbags that are a candidate landing technology for NASA's Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle. Under the direction of NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC), Airborne Systems (formerly Irvin Aerospace) designed the airbags and selected Warwick to supply the material. The material must withstand both the loads of inflation and the loads imparted as the vehicle lands and slides to a stop. The combined vertical and horizontal kinetic energy dissipated by the bags is roughly equivalent to that of three Hummer H2 vehicles traveling at 30 mph! Using the strength specification provided by Airborne Systems, Warwick determined the yarn, weave, and coating processes that would produce the required strength while minimizing the weight of the material. The material both retains the inflation gas and provides the structural integrity of the bags.