[photo: cross section of APS fabric]
Dow Corning's latest material news is called APS or Active Protection System, an "intelligent" fabric that consists of three-dimensional spacer textile treated with a specially formulated, responsive silicone coating. It remains soft and flexible under normal conditions. But when stressed under high-impact force, the material instantly becomes rigid, and then immediately returns to a flexible state. This innovative material offers a unique combination of benefits that is particularly suited for use in high-performance protective apparel and equipment.
Those who are into smart fabrics will surely remember D3O lab's products which are based upon the same principle. New materials open doors to new applications as demonstrated by the 6 winning designs of their recent competition.