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January 14th, 2009

Video(s) of the week – The hard and “soft” of ceramic armor

Published on January 14th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

Today’s videos are something of an introduction to ceramic armor. The first video uses the suit worn in the most recent Batman movie (The Dark Knight) as a jumping off point for explaining the production and composition of ceramic armor plates manufactured by Ceradyne, one of the leading advanced technical ceramics, for military and police situations. Besides an overview of the manufacturing process, the video contains remarkable footage of a soldier picking himself up after being shot in the chest by a sniper.

The second video is meant to show there is more than one way to skin the ceramics-as-armor cat. This video is about a “liquid” armor (actually ceramic powders sprayed on Kevlar) that can take advantage of some of the same material characteristics displayed in our previous videos about materials that can allow one to “walk on water.” This material was developed by a team led by Norman Walker at the University of Delaware’s Center for Composite Materials and the Army Research Lab. The group calls the product Shear Thickening Fluid Fabric.

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