The ballistic gelatin must dissolve into a solution quickly. If the dissolving process of the ballistic gelatin powder takes too long, you may run the risk of over mixing, causing excess foam in your finished ballistic gelatin product. Also, depending on the type of mixer you are using, it may dismantle the protein side chains which help form the ballistic gel.
Bloom is the measure of ballistic gel strength. This factor is critical to the finished product! If the bloom strength is incorrect, your results you wish to test with the ballistic gelatin will be inaccurate as well. Bloom is measured on a Texture Analyzer where 250 Bloom is the standard. Keep in mind, a typical food specification is ± 10. This gelatin specification is excellent for a gelatin dessert or candy, but not for ballistics testing. We have narrowed that to 250 ± 5 for ballistic testing.
Viscosity of your ballistic gelatin will determine how fast a ballistic gel block will set or gel. It will also determine how quickly this product will melt during testing. Our specification requires a 46mps minimum for this critical application. The food grade equivalent would be 42 ± 4mps. That would only be unacceptable for consistent testing.
This is critical in determining your results with the ballistic gelatin. If you cannot see it, you cannot report it. Our gelatin passes through a high-pressure ultrafiltration. This allows us to produce the clarity required for the most accurate testing. Our clarity limit is 25ntu. Anything higher is sold into the food industry.
As we mentioned earlier, there are many potential uses for ballistic gelatin and this product has been utilized by many different industries. Here are some of the uses of this specialized gelatin.
Ballistic gelatin is used to help law enforcement test body armor. This test assesses the performance of the projectile when fired against a subject wearing Level III-A Body Armor. If the III-A panels stop the projectile, it is retested against Level II-A (both test results would be published). The penetration shots are conducted with a test barrel. When practical/available, to allow for more consistent comparison of the ammunition, the results received from a test barrel might be the same, or different than those from a service weapon.
A service weapon is utilized during velocity and accuracy tests to show a perspective of the deviation if any from the test barrel. It is important to note that a cartridge should not be chosen solely due to its accuracy from a service weapon unless that efficiency is compared to other cartridges fired from the same exact service weapon. Results may vary from firearm to firearm, including functional characteristics. One pistol may be substantially more accurate or produce higher velocity than another of the same make and model. Each test report will specify the weapon used for testing.
At Custom Collagen, we know how important it is to get the results you need when testing body armor, firearms, or medical equipment. This reason is we strive to offer our nationwide customers a quality ballistic gelatin product. We offer a variety of ballistic gelatin products that help you better test your products and help you gather the most accurate results possible. Our selection of ballistic gelatin products includes everything you need with gelatin molds, de-foamer, and gelatin kits. Stock up on ballistic gelatin with our 10 lb ballistic gelatin box, 20 lb standard three block kit, and more!
We also offer our ballistic gelatin in bulk for companies who are looking to test a large number of their products. Have questions about the ballistic gelatin offered in our online collagen store? Contact our collagen experts at Custom Collagen for all your questions about ballistic gelatin.
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