Trauma plates are safety gear that adds to the protection provided by a bulletproof vest. The front, back, and side pockets of a bulletproof vest are the most common locations for these inserts.
The primary purpose of a trauma pad is to reduce the transmission force exerted on the body after an impact and thereby reduce the chance of injury. The trauma pad has two functions.
- It absorbs the body’s ostensible deformation.
- It disperses the energy over a larger area.
Trauma plates are available in a wide range of sizes and shapes. The following are the most common:
- SAPI Cut, Similar is the Shooter’s Cut.
- Swimmer’s Cut, similar to a stretched trapezoid on top of a rectangle. SEALs and other sea-based units use this device.
- Rectangle/Square, a rectangular armored plate with rounded-off corners.
The standard size for wearing under a bulletproof vest is 5 inches by 8 inches. 5 inches by 7 inches, 6 inches by 8 inches, and 6 inches by 9 inches are some of the sizes available. The thickness varies depending on the material, but it is usually less than 1/4 inch. However, if the trauma pad would be worn as outerwear, the size selected should have a capacity of 10 inches by 12 inches.
According to the material used, the following are the most common forms of trauma plates.
- Metal: Titanium or aluminum are used in the construction of metal trauma pads. This form is beneficial in reducing the chance of blunt force injuries to the user. However, a considerable amount of energy is nevertheless passed through the plate due to its resistance to deformation.
- Ceramic: Ceramic plates made of boron carbide are popular in military applications. They are lightweight, hard plates that can absorb the impact of bullets.
- Plastic: Plastic trauma plates of polycarbonate materials have further compression to help in the disintegration of the force of the bullet effect.
- Fabric: To do the job, fabric-made plates must be layered. Polyethylene fabric is a common component. Soft-trauma pads are another name for fabric pads.
- Polymer: Several firms have developed viscoelastic polymer compounds that can dissipate a large amount of energy/force when subjected to shock, vibration, or g-force side loading. A polymer compound trauma pad like Zoombang is one example (ZB-7 Trauma Pad).
It’s important to remember that you never know what kind of danger you will face in the future, so it’s best to invest in extra security. A trauma pad can be added to your must-have pieces to ensure your loved one’s safety. It can be also added to your child’s bulletproof bag. A little investment is not a harm. Always remember that ‘Precaution is better than cure. So, make sure you get one for yourself and your loved ones.