Ballistic Material

Ballistic material

Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber™

Invented and manufactured by DSM Dyneema in facilities across the world, Dyneema® is a super-strong fiber based on ultra high molecular weight polyethylene. This advanced fiber has many properties:

  • * High strength/low weight – Dyneema® is 15 times stronger than steel, and 40% stronger than aramids on a weight-for-weight basis.
  • * Low specific gravity (0.97) - Dyneema® floats on water and is ideal for lightweight solutions.
  • * Excellent chemical resistance - Dyneema® is chemically inert, and independent studies have confirmed that Dyneema® performs well in dry, wet, salty and humid conditions, as well as other situations where chemicals are present.
  • * UV resistant – Products made with Dyneema® fiber show strong resistance to photo degradation when exposed to UV light. The high UV resistance of the fiber ensures continuing high performance.
  • * Moisture resistant - Dyneema® fiber is hydrophobic. It resists water absorption, providing an extra level of protection and durability.
  • * High durability - Dyneema® fiber can withstand the harshest environments for a longer time. This is due to its inherent strength, and its resistance to many damaging chemical agents.

About Dyneema® UD.

Dyneema® Unidirectional (UD) material for armor solutions comprise multiple layers of Dyneema® fibers. In each layer the fibers are placed perpendicular to those in the adjacent layers – which allows the energy from the impact of a ballistic threat to be distributed along the fibers much faster and more efficiently than in conventional, woven fabrics. The key difference between UD products made for soft ballistic (SB) and hard ballistic (HB) applications is that Dyneema® SB products feature a thin layer of film on the top and bottom of the layered composite. This increases pliability while also protecting the material from undue abrasion. Both Dyneema® SB and Dyneema® HB solutions offer an optimal balance of strength and weight.


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