The tests included 10 variants of two different fabrics using two laboratory tests, puncture and laceration tests, along with field-based trials involving White Sharks ranging from three to four metres in length.
White Shark bite force was measured using load sensors placed between steel plates surrounded by foam.
Professor Huveneers added: ”We found that the new fabrics were more resistant to puncture, laceration, and bites from White Sharks than standard neoprene.
“More force was required to puncture the new fabrics compared to control fabrics (laboratory-based tests), and cuts made to the new fabrics were smaller and shallower than those on standard neoprene from both types of test, ie. laboratory and field tests.