December 1971
Volume 10, Issue 12
Articles  |   December 1971
A Ballistic Assessment of Eye Protector Lens Materials
Author Affiliations
    Australian Defence Scientific Service, Department of Supply, Defence Standards Laboratories, Melbourne, Australia
Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science December 1971, Vol.10, 985-991. doi:
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      E. C. WIGGLESWORTH; A Ballistic Assessment of Eye Protector Lens Materials. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 1971;10(12):985-991.

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The impact resistance of commonly used eye protector lens materials is measured with a ballistic system, using 1/4 inch (6.3 mm.) and 1/8 inch (3.2 mm.) steel balls. The results, taken in conjunction with the findings of earlier drop-tower work, permit a comprehensive evaluation of the impact resistance of 3 mm. and 2 mm. thicknesses of allyl resin and thermally toughened glass against a series of steel balls ranging in size from 1 1/8 inches (28.6 mm.) to 1/8 inch (3.2 mm.). While 3 mm. toughened glass is stronger than 3 mm. allyl resin when impacted by the larger missiles, the position is reversed when the smaller missiles are used. This is held to postulate the need for both drop-tower and ballistic tests in acceptance requirements. Additionally, the relative inferiority of 2 mm. toughened glass at all points of the scale is shown.


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