Army Developing Ballistic Wallpaper to Shore Up Shelters

Ballistic WallpaperMore homeowners are tearing down wallpaper then putting it up in their homes. Yet a group of Army engineers think wallpaper could be more valuable than ever for soldiers seeking shelter.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) is developing a ballistic wallpaper that would protect soldiers by shoring up abandoned masonry or brick used as temporary shelter in the case of a blast.

The wallpaper is made of Kevlar fiber threads embedded into flexible polymer film, said Nick Boone, an ERDC research mechanical engineer, at the Pentagon’s Lab Day last week.

Engineers are designing the paper so it’s lightweight and has adhesive on the back so it’s easy to apply. Boone said in an Army press release that it’s supposed to act as a “catcher’s net.”

Thus far the wallpaper has gone through small blast testing at Fort Polk, Louisiana, and large blast testing at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

  • guest

    Wow This is a breakthrough. It might be beneficial where they have a lot of drive by shootings into homes.

    • bart ninja

      you are forgetting that is usually illegal to protect yourself.

  • Patriot on a String

    Old news… Idiots always wasting money reinventing the wheel… Civilian contractors were already applying Kevlar Roll stock courtesy of Dupont and applying Kevlar infused bedliner on structures in Iraq and Afghanistan. Let the Private Markets pay for the R&D and take the losses at their expense in a Free Market then bring it to the prooving grounds instead of wasting tax payer dollars…

  • Dave

    Would this OR Kevlar laminate have a functional application in tornado and hurricane zones? I am thinking along the lines of application to all joints to provide additional strength to those areas subject to stresses during high winds.

    This may already be being done (or something similar)

    • Doc

      That’s a great point Dave. I was thinking along the lines of nano carbon fibers applied to ordinary paint. It just came to my mind as a binding agent where if affordable two coats could seriously strengthen Wall structures and roofing in Severe Weather prone areas, which happen to be everywhere. I don’t know if it can be made cheap enough for the consumer. Applied interior and exterior your looking at some solid structure reinforcement. The spin off could result in a discount from your Homeowners insurance could offer a discount and if it aid’s in thermal heating or cooling your electric utility company might offer a refund. I’m always looking for that pot o gold at the end of the Rainbow…Lol.

  • JohnD

    Don’t think this will replace sand bags! The HESCO barriers are a great idea and saved many lives, does the wallpaper come in colors? I can see it hanging in a generals office but not a soldiers bunkers,

  • bbabbitt

    Wonderful. Something else to get bottled up in the supply bureaucracy while the front lie troops are getting smoked.

  • Fred

    Mr. Hoffman,
    First sentence – it’s “than. Not then. If you’re a writer, you should know rudimentary grammar.

  • Steve

    Fred, I think you misread the first sentence. “then” is sequential. “than” is comparative. I don’t think the author was making a comparison despite starting the sentence the “more”. Consider that he meant, “Homeowners are (first) taking down their wallpaper. Then they are putting it (the new stuff) up in their homes.”

  • The product is still in its early testing phase though the ERDC has reportedly already bombed more that a few sheds to ensure the wallpaper’s functional integrity