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Dr. Stephen Schultz, Brigham Young University, will present


April 14, 2022


The dynamics of ballistic impact in soft body armor are measured using a single optical fiber. The sensor system consists of an optical fiber with a strain sensor embedded into a silicone mat. The silicone mat is placed between the Kevlar shoot pack and the backing material. The friction between the optical fiber and the materials is used to determine the position of the back face deformation as a function of time. The measurements are collected at a repetition rate of 100 kHz. The measurements have been performed with ballistic gel and high-speed imaging to characterize the system. The system was also characterized on 30 shots at the U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center (ATC) Light Armor Range Complex (LARC) in Aberdeen, MD.


Stephen M. Schultz received B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, in 1992 and 1994. He received a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, in 1999. Dr. Schultz worked at Raytheon Missile Systems from 1999 to 2001. He began teaching at Brigham Young University in 2002 and is currently a Full Professor with research interests in optical fiber devices, emphasizing optical fiber-based sensors. He has authored or coauthored over 100 publications and holds ten patents.

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1 G.L. Services, Hertfordshire, England
2 The Photonics Group,West Chester, OH

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