Andaltec, Biobullet jointly working to substitute bullets with Biodegradable Metal – Additised Plastic

Andaltec Biobullet Biodegradable MetalThe renowned technological centre for plastics (Andaltec) partnered with the company Biobullet to develop projectiles composed of biodegradable plastic and charged with metallic components. These new biodegradable bullets will be a replica of the regular metallic bullets in terms of use, size, and weight. Hence, this innovative ammunition will be a perfect fit for regular use and promises hassle-free replacement.

Apart from this, the researchers from Andaltec are also working on the correct self-loading of the weapon when using the new type of bullets. The final goal is the development of short-weapon 9mm projectiles, manufactured with a biodegradable polymeric matrix with metal-charged additives in order to achieve the ideal density requested by Biobullet.

The objective of the project is to market these projectiles for military training. The biodegradable plastic will serve dual purposes: one is that it’ll a more sustainable product as it is eco friendly due to its decomposition properties and secondly, these new bullets will be safer to use as lesser damages and injuries will be caused in the accidental happenings during the military training.

According to Maria Angeles Pancorbo – Head of this Project on behalf of the Technological Centre : “Andaltec is faced with a complex research labour, considering that all the customer’s needs must be satisfied as for compatibility between projectile and weapon regarding size, weight or operation temperature.”

However, this is not the first time that the technological centre and Biobullet are working together as they have also worked on development of prototypes for cartridges composed of biodegradable plastics prior to this project. Andaltec also participated in a successful R&D project – Creating biodegradable airsoft bullets which is another sustainable product as it does not pollute or spoil the playing area. Currently, Andaltec is working on the definition of metal charge and biodegradable polymer, bullet design, the percentage of added charge, characterization of the proper material and part manufacture for validation.

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