Non-Oxide Ceramic Armor
There is a delicate balance between the various characteristics when choosing the most effective material components in making Ceramic Armor. Hardness, light weight, strength, and cost effectiveness all figure prominently in that decision making process. While RHA Steel has been used extensively in the past, the disadvantage of the weight versus threat protection is leading armor integrators in a different direction towards ceramic solutions. Leading materials for this critical application include silicon carbide and boron carbide due to their increased threat protection and lighter weight.
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The demands on armor ceramics can be difficult to meet with a single ceramic powder.
Superior Graphite’s decades long experience as a world class producer of sinterable and hot pressable powders, with or without binders, enable users to customize their armor formulations to meet specific threats. In addition, Superior Graphite offers blending and mixing of these powders to achieve custom specifications.
Sinter-Pur® Silicon Carbide (SiC) ceramic powders, used in pressureless sintered tiles, provides light weight and enhanced anti-ballistic performance for advanced armor systems, from body armor to military vehicles, aircraft, and watercraft. Silicon carbide is a leading choice ceramic for armor due to its position between alumina and boron carbide in relation to weight and cost of ownership. Possessing economical and lightweight qualities, sintered silicon carbide surpasses other ceramics.
With a lower density than SiC and even a higher hardness, armor produced using boron carbide (B4C), alone or in conjunction with other ceramics, benefits from Sinter-Pur® ceramic powders.