Q&A: Would sporting a fit of armor make you a lot more suceptable to electrical power?

by admin on November 17, 2009

Query by Ryan: Would wearing a fit of armor make you more suceptable to electric power?
I have asked a related query before, but I said “lightning” which looks to have been a blunder. Lets say you touch a fairly gentle electric latest while sporting a suit of armor. Would the metal armor cause the electrical power to hurt you much more or would it carry out some of the electrical power away from you? Basically I’m composing a guide and I’m wondering if some magic electricity would be more or less effective versus a heavily armored opponent.

Best response:

Response by Dean L
It is dependent, electricity likes to discover the most efficient way to the floor.

If the armor touched the floor, and your skin by some means was not touching the armor, the electricity would avoid you completely.
Nonetheless, if the armor was not touching the floor, your body under its lowest point would bear the total pressure of the shock.
If the armor went all the way to the ground but was touching your skin, it would most probably get the brunt of the shock, but you would still come to feel it.
What ever the case, it will not likely intensify the electrical shock. Wish that aids.

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smiffydurham November 17, 2009 at 4:34 am

Electricity will take the line of least resistance. Since the metal armour has a lower resistance than the body inside it then the suit would conduct the electricity to the ground. This is why the passengers on an airliner are not affected by lightning strikes.

Keith Makan November 17, 2009 at 5:13 am

If the armour doesn’t touch the wearers skin then there will be no effect on the wearer, its called Faradays Cage, just like you can walk outside in a foil suit on a hot day and not feel any heat.

But of course you can dissipate the electron flow in other ways, with grounding, and with heat, if the metal gets hot enough then electricity wont flow though it

Though ofcourse if you are touching the metal, then you will shock, even if you are grounded because you will basically be one big grounded conductor

Will November 17, 2009 at 5:41 am

If you’re wearing a full suit of metal armor, you will not be affected AT ALL by the electricity in, say, a lightning strike. You will be completely immune from lightning.

The reason for this is that the metal suit is a closed surface of conducting material. The electricity is conducted through the material, and only ever skims along the surface of the outside of the suit. There is no current on the inside of the suit at all, so the fact that you’re touching the inside by wearing it doesn’t matter.

Now, that being said, this does NOT mean you won’t feel heat, like an above poster erroneously mentioned. The electric currents on the surface of the metal will heat it based on how much resistance there is, the strength of the currents, and the length of time the currents last. In a lightning strike, the amount of current is ENORMOUS, but the time is also incredibly short; it’s kind of anyone’s guess as to how hot it would get. (The kind of metal would play a part here; silver is a better conductor than copper, which is about 10 times a better conductor than steel.)

On a summer’s day, wearing a suit of armor, you will get very hot. To say anything else is simply ridiculous.

PS. The shielding provided by a suit of armor can actually be created much more easily. Rather than a several hundred pound suit, why not wear a wire mesh suit? It is close enough to being a solid conductor that you’d be shielded well enough. See the ArcAttack link.

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