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S4: Armor Ceramics


Ceramic and glass materials are integral components in armor systems designed to give some level of protection to the individual soldier, air platforms, and ground vehicles against an array of ballistic threats. This symposium is an opportunity for scientists, engineers, and interested individuals from industry, academia, and government organizations to come together and discuss fundamental
and applied issues concerning the development, characterization, testing and
evaluation, behavior, modeling, and application of ceramic and glass materials
for ballistic protection.

Proposed Symposium Topics

  • Synthesis & Processing: conventional and novel, green body
    forming, densification, surface modification, planar and curved
    shapes with/without topological features
  • Manufacturing: process scale-up, machining, quality control, cost-effectiveness
  • Materials Characterization: chemistry, phases, microstructure,
    defects, flaws and flaw statistics, bulk, surface, microscopy, spectroscopy,
    non-destructive, residual stress
  • Testing and Evaluation: conventional and fundamental ballistics,
    in-situ/real time and post-test characterization, nondestructive
    characterization, technique development, wear and erosion,
    thermal, fatigue, residual stress, life-cycle
  • Quasi-static and Dynamic Behavior: mechanical properties, low
    & high-rate, high-pressure, shear, multi-stress state, shock,
    fracture, fragmentation, damage, inelastic deformation mechanisms,
    phase transitions, size-scale effects
  • Modeling: material, system, analytical, computational, continuum,
    atomistic, multi-scale, thermodynamics, mechanics, phenomenological,
    physically-based, microstructural, damage, inelastic
    deformation mechanisms, phase transitions, fracture, fragmentation,
    impact, penetration, residual stress, homogeneous &
    heterogeneous deformation, failure, size-scale effects, novel
    numerical techniques
  • Application: development of laminate systems, integration,
    fielding and in-service issues

Additionally there will be special focus topics, namely Transparent
Ceramics and Glasses, and Materials in Extreme Dynamic Environments.
The latter topic is a new Army program that seeks to develop and validate the bridging computational tools for designing
materials from the atomistic to the component scale and predict
their properties and performance. Included in this activity is the
use and development of in-situ, real time characterization tools at
multi-scales to determine the controlling mechanisms of deformation,
fracture and ultimate failure with the objective to develop the
capability to design, create, synthesize, process and manufacture
high strain rate tolerant material and material systems. It will be
accomplished through a Collaborative Research Alliance between
the Army Research Laboratory and external partners.

Symposium Organizers

  • James Campbell, ARL, USA
  • Lisa Prokurat Franks, TARDEC, USA; +1 (586) 530-3682
  • Todd Jessen, ARL, USA
  • Jerry LaSalvia, ARL, USA; +1 (410) 306-0745
  • Brian Leavy, ARL, USA
  • James McCauley, ARL, USA
  • Sikhanda Satapathy, ARL, USA
  • David Stepp, ARO, USA
  • Jeffrey Swab, ARL, USA; +1 (410) 306-0753
  • Andrew Wereszczak, ORNL, USA

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