Ballistic Protection

To meet the world’s growing requirement for ballistic protection, Synthane Taylor offers specialty high performance thermoset sheets, pre-pregs, and molded shapes that can withstand the most destructive military and civilian threats. ShotBlocker™ antiballistic material is an advanced fiberglass-based composite that offers several important benefits:

  1. Resistance to a projectile or blast, fire, and forced entry.
  2. Ease of installation.
  3. Lightweight.
  4. Moderate cost

ShotBlocker™ is manufactured in five levels of bullet-resistance, depending on the threat and security function. The material can also be configured for threats exceeding Level 5 requirements. ShotBlocker™ can be cut and drilled in the field with commercial quality circular, table, or panel saws. For aesthetic conformity, the material can be surfaced on site with veneer, drywall, wallpaper, or other wall coverings.

Typical Applications for Shotblocker™ Antiballistic Material

shotblocker™ anti-ballistic protection for civilian vehicles and limousines

  • Safe rooms
  • Safe houses
  • Storm shelters
  • Fence construction
  • Guarded communities
  • Buses
  • Private residences
  • Earthquake and Hurricane protection
  • Military Zones
  • Civilian vehicles and limousines
  • Armored vehicles
  • Bank teller stations and ATMs
  • Courtrooms and judges’ benches
  • Postal facilities
  • Corporate offices
  • Convenience stores
  • Gas stations
  • Hotel lobbies
  • Ballistic resistant doors
  • Government & public buildings
  • Embassy safe rooms

 Features of ShotBlocker™

  • Class 1-A fire/smoke-rated building material (ASTM E 84)
  • UL Listed
  • Certified to NIJ-Std. 0108.01
  • High Strength
  • Light Weight
  • Ricochet Resistant
  • Easy installation using power hand tools
  • Standard sheet size: 4’ x 8’
  • Other sheet sizes available on request.
  • Readily adheres to decorative laminates with the use of contact adhesive.
  • Can be decorated with a wide variety of veneers, drywall, wallpaper, other coverings, etc.

Architectural Applications:

ShotBlocker™ for Ballistic and Forced Entry Protection

Shotblocker™ superior security for safehouse, embassy safe rooms, document and personal protectionShotBlocker™ meets the requirements for courtroom, check-cashing, gas station, and convenience market armor, providing superior security and protection in walls, doors, and counters. The material can also be used for military/defense architectural applications in the field, such as guard stations. Overall, ShotBlocker™ performs similarly to that of conventional S-glass laminates, which cost considerably more.

ShotBlocker™ has also been tested to ASTM E84, Standard Test Method for Surface Burning Characteristics of Building Materials, by the hardwood Plywood &Veneer Association, Reston, VA, USA. HPVA is a recognized CABO, BOCA and ACBO testing laboratory.

Government Facilities

ShotBlocker™ significantly lowers the weight and cost of embassy safe rooms, while maintaining the structural integrity to protect government documents and personnel. The material is readily machined and is far lighter than steel, making it easier to install and repair. Its light weight also facilitates the relocation of safe rooms around the world. ShotBlocker™ meets stringent standards for ballistic and forced entry protection. Structures built with a combination of ShotBlocker™ and steel meet the highest DOS certification standard (Level 7) for ballistic-resistant structures.

ShotBlocker™: Superior to Steel for Vehicle Armor

Shotblocker™ in military installationsShotBlocker™ is a light-weight, cost-effective steel alternative for armoring automobiles, trucks, jeeps, and aircraft. The material can also be combined with ceramic or steel strike plates as well as steel backer plates to increase impenetrability, formability, and durability. In the case of ground vehicles, the weight of large ballistic steel armor panels requires stronger suspensions, brakes, and engines than would otherwise be necessary. Steel armor may also compromise handling properties by raising roll centers and centers of gravity.

ShotBlocker™ for Superior Aircraft Performance

Excessive weight is also a problem in airborne applications. The use of steel armor would result in significant reductions in aircraft performance, range, and payload. With its high flexural strength, compressive strength, tensile strength and hardness, ShotBlocker™ is a superior alternative for aircraft exteriors. And Synthane Taylor will work with you to develop custom ballistic materials for your specific requirements.

Phenolic Glass Thermoset Composites

ShotBlocker™ consists of woven glass fabric impregnated with a high-temperature phenolic resin system. The material provides superior flexural, compressive, and impact strength at elevated temperatures, as well as excellent creep resistance. Also, the phenolic resin system yields a ballistic laminate with superior fire, smoke, and toxicity ratings (ASTM E84) over conventional polyester resin fiberglass laminates. Glass fabric-based, anti-ballistic materials, such as ShotBlocker™, are far lighter than ballistic steel armor plate. The lower weight makes the material less cumbersome to fabricate, handle, and install.

Multi-Step Manufacturing Process

The manufacturing process utilizes state-of-the-art equipment for each step, from material preparation and treating to pressing and finishing. First, the substrate is processed through the resin compound. Then, the impregnated material is semi-cured in a treater oven. Once the material is treated, it is either issued to the customer as pre-preg, or sent to the press for sheet grades. Finally, the material is trimmed and packaged as required.

 
Product Specifications
Product Test Methods Ballistic Requirements  
Nominal Thickness
UL-752
Performance
Level
Standard
NIJ 0108.01 Weapon Weight Designation* Speed
ShotBlocker™ 01 Level 1   9 mm 124 gr lead FMJ 1175 fps 1/4"
ShotBlocker™ 02 Level 2   .357 mag 158 gr lead JSP 1250 fps 11/32"
  Type IIA .357 mag 158 gr lead JSP 1250 fps 11/32"
  Type IIA 9 mm 124 gr lead FMJ 1090 fps 11/32"
ShotBlocker™ 03 Level 3   .44 mag 240 gr lead SWC/GC 1350 fps 7/16"
  Type II .357 mag 158 gr lead JSP 1395 fps 7/16"
  Type II 9 mm 124 gr lead FMJ 1175 fps 7/16"
  Type IIIA .44 mag 240 gr lead SWC/GC 1400 fps 7/16"
  Type IIIA 9 mm 124 gr lead FMJ 1400 fps 7/16"
ShotBlocker™ 04 Level 4   .30 cal 180 gr lead LSP 2540 fps 1 3/16"
Level 5 Type III 7.62 mm 150 gr lead FMJ 2750 fps 1 3/16'
* Nomenclature FMJ = full metal jacket
GC = gas-checked
JSP = jacked soft point
LSP = lead soft point
SWC = semi-wad cutter
Typical ShotBlocker™ Properties Value
Impact Strength 15.0 ft-lb/in (crosswise)
15.0 notched (lengthwise)
Flexural Strength 23,200 psi (crosswise)
17,200 psi (lengthwise)
Compressive Strength 65,000 psi (flatwise)
9,300 psi (edgewise)
Tensile Strength 63,000 psi (crosswise)
39,000 psi (lengthwise)
Rockwell Hardness M Scale 110
Bonding Strength 400 lb
Product Specifications
Product Test Methods Ballistic Requirements  
Nominal Thickness
UL-752
Performance
Level
Standard
NIJ 0108.01 Weapon Weight Designation* Speed
ShotBlocker™ 01 Level 1   9 mm 124 gr lead FMJ 1175 fps 1/4"
ShotBlocker™ 02 Level 2   .357 mag 158 gr lead JSP 1250 fps 11/32"
  Type IIA .357 mag 158 gr lead JSP 1250 fps 11/32"
  Type IIA 9 mm 124 gr lead FMJ 1090 fps 11/32"
ShotBlocker™ 03 Level 3   .44 mag 240 gr lead SWC/GC 1350 fps 7/16"
  Type II .357 mag 158 gr lead JSP 1395 fps 7/16"
  Type II 9 mm 124 gr lead FMJ 1175 fps 7/16"
  Type IIIA .44 mag 240 gr lead SWC/GC 1400 fps 7/16"
  Type IIIA 9 mm 124 gr lead FMJ 1400 fps 7/16"
ShotBlocker™ 04 Level 4   .30 cal 180 gr lead LSP 2540 fps 1 3/16"
Level 5 Type III 7.62 mm 150 gr lead FMJ 2750 fps 1 3/16'
* Nomenclature FMJ = full metal jacket
GC = gas-checked
JSP = jacked soft point
LSP = lead soft point
SWC = semi-wad cutter
Typical ShotBlocker™ Properties Value
Impact Strength 15.0 ft-lb/in (crosswise)
15.0 notched (lengthwise)
Flexural Strength 23,200 psi (crosswise)
17,200 psi (lengthwise)
Compressive Strength 65,000 psi (flatwise)
9,300 psi (edgewise)
Tensile Strength 63,000 psi (crosswise)
39,000 psi (lengthwise)
Rockwell Hardness M Scale 110
Bonding Strength 400 lb

Synthane Taylor is pleased to offer its customers ballistic protection materials in a range of sizes for a variety of applications. We can also assist in developing custom ballistic materials for customer applications.