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S4: Armor Ceramics

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When properly combined with other materials, ceramic and glass materials can exhibit ballistic penetration resistances significantly higher than conventional monolithic armor materials. Not surprisingly therefore, lightweight armor technologies based on ceramic and glass materials have been developed providing levels of protection against a wide array of ballistic threats. Despite this situation, current knowledge and understanding is limited with respect to the effects of a ceramic body’s physical, chemical, structural, and mechanical characteristics on its local and global response to dynamic contact loading conditions that are characterized by locally large transient stresses, deformations, and temperatures.


This deficiency in understanding of processing-structure-properties-performance relationships has been a hindrance to the development of new materials through conventional and advanced processes as well as materials by-design strategies.


This symposium is an opportunity for attendees from industry, academia, and government organizations to meet and participate in open discussions on relevant fundamental and applied research that supports the advancement of knowledge and understanding of the processing-structure-propertiesperformance relationships for ceramic and glass materials.


In addition, special sessions on glass materials (effect of processing, stress, and deformation on the structure) and small-scale mechanical characterization are planned.


Proposed Session Topics


• Ballistic behavior


• Synthesis and processing


• Materials characterization


• Quasi-static and dynamic behavior


• Materials and process modeling


• Bonding of materials



Symposium Organizers


• Jerry LaSalvia, ARL, USA; jerry.c.lasalvia.civ@mail.mil


• Jeffrey Swab, ARL, USA; jeffrey.j.swab.civ@mail.mil


• David Stepp, ARO, USA


• Andrew Wereszczak, ORNL, USA


• Michael Golt, ARL, USA


• Steve Kilczewski, ARL, USA


• Robert Pavlacka, ARL, USA


• Kristopher Behler, ARL, USA


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