Friday, January 21, 2011

US Army Purchases Ceramic Body Armor

On January 4, 2011 the United States Army ordered $5.8 millions worth of body armor from Ceradyne, Inc.  The armor ordered is design for personnel small arms fire.  Ceradyne, Inc. is one of leading suppliers of ceramic armor to the US military.  Ceramic armor used in personnel body armor has a great compressive strength to weight advantage compared to metals like steel.  This allows greater mobility without a loss in protection.

11 comments:

  1. This is really interesting. I wouldn't have thought they would use ceramics for armor in the military. Have you found any responses from the soldiers who wear this armor?

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    1. We've been using ceramic plates since at least 2007 when I joined

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  2. This is so cool!!!!! Ceramics are awesome!!! Can the same technology be used for other things?

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  3. Nice first post. Be sure follow-up posts give us a little more information. Comments like it, which is great, but you also need to appeal to a broader audience as well--we need more background and info.

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  4. I don't agree with fighting period. We shouldn't be in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is just a ploy to seize control of Middle Eastern oil. What a joke.

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  5. Could you please explain some more on what ceramic body armor actually is in a future blog post?? Right now I'm just picturing someone strapping some dinner plates on their chests, but I know that can't be right... Also, how is that it is as strong as steel, yet so much lighter, which seems really neat!!

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  7. So I hear what everybody is saying. Say tune for more information shortly.

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  8. For the update, I'd like to see some of the processing steps involved in making the armor. Being this is a life-critical product and ceramics are generally fragile, I'm interested if there are any special steps to protect the armor.

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  9. You would want to make real terracotta warriors.

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  10. cyberdyne i.e. ceradyne, a little too close for my liking

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