What injuries can be expected due to a bullet impact on a helmet? How does a bullet, explosion or grenade (IED) affect the human body? What protection level is provided by bullet proof vests and how can this be improved? Can feasible requirements for personal protection be specified given a specific threat range?
This is just a small selection of the questions TNO can answer. Research projects typically start with the definition of the threat (explosive, ammunition, etc.) which is transformed into a load or effect on the human body, outfit and gear. Combining experiments with numerical simulations provides an efficient method to evaluate the protection level provided by the equipment. The results of which may be compared with international standards and research.
Participation in international forums keeps TNO at the front end of global developments. This enables TNO to support and advise on the improvement and development of personal protection. In cooperation with other TNO departments other aspects may be addressed including ergonomics, selection of materials or fabrication techniques.
Support and development
TNO advises in finding solutions to improve personal protection systems and enhance the security and safety of persons for a range of threats including bullets, explosions, fragments, knife stabbing, hitting and punching.
In mission and weapon-platform development, lighter is always better. TNO has been working on the trade-off between weight and protection level for many years.
Infrastructure protection and survivability
Infrastructures, such as buildings, protective structures, industrial complexes, tunnels, harbours and pipelines, are a vital part of modern society, all of which are extremely vulnerable to the effects of an explosion.
Statement regarding circulating TNO test reports with alleged NIJ certification of armour plates
It has come to our attention that there are armour plates circulating online with test reports claiming they’re NIJ 0101.06 IV SA certified and tested by TNO. Please note that this is false and misleading information. TNO does not issue NIJ (National Institute of Justice) certificates. The test protocol for NIJ certification requires multiple samples and can only take place in a US laboratory.
We determine the performance of weapon systems. Government and industry use our assessments to make choices and implement innovations.
Explosions, ballistics and protection
With expertise in ballistics, blast and materials TNO innovates in protection as well as munition performance