Podcast #42: Sensors Built Into Vehicle Armor Will Add Protection for Troops


Scientists at the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center are developing tiny automatic sensors that can be manufactured right into the armored plates of vehicles. The sensors self-report when they’re in good condition – and when they’ve been damaged.

Dr. Thomas Meitzler, team leader of TARDEC’s nondestructive testing and evaluation laboratory, says normal wear and tear can cause damage that’s invisible to the naked eye. By giving troops real time situational analysis, the sensors, which are made with piezoelectric transducers, could improve survivability for U.S. troops.

Meitzler explained how the sensors work, their success in lab tests and upcoming field trials during a Nov. 4 interview on the Pentagon Channel’s weekly podcast, “Armed with Science: Research and Applications for the Modern Military.”

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