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Document Id: 901159
Concept Category / Medium:
DEFENSE / LAND
Concept Title: Anti-shrapnel netting
Description: An anti-shrapnel netting could reduce the damage done by explosive blasts. By placing a weave of kevlar and steel wire, for example, around a building or aircraft, a significant amount of the shrapnel and impact from the blast would be absorbed by the netting. In this way, blast damage would be minimized or even eliminated. These nets could be erected in a short amount of time or even deployed instantly if stored underground until an attack was imminent. If stored underground, they could be made to slowly rise to a predetermined height to alert personnel the net was going up, then shoot up to full protective height. These nets would be able to protect any object or structure from full blast damage.
Advantages: Protection of equipment, personnel, and buildings from blasts, or minimizing damage from any blasts. Relatively light weight and no threat to personnel of themselves. Can be portable or permanent fixtures.
Countermeasures: Shrapnel designed to shred the netting would make the netting ineffective.
Commercial Applications: No data supplied