17. The Penetration of Armour Piercing Projectiles Through Reaction Bonded Ceramics

  1. Jeffrey J. Swab
  1. P J Hazell1,
  2. S E Donoghue1,
  3. C J Roberson2 and
  4. P L Gotts3

Published Online: 26 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470291276.ch17

Advances in Ceramic Armor: A Collection of Papers Presented at the 29th International Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composites, January 23-28, 2005, Cocoa Beach, Florida, Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 26, Number 7

Advances in Ceramic Armor: A Collection of Papers Presented at the 29th International Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composites, January 23-28, 2005, Cocoa Beach, Florida, Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 26, Number 7

How to Cite

Hazell, P. J., Donoghue, S. E., Roberson, C. J. and Gotts, P. L. (2005) The Penetration of Armour Piercing Projectiles Through Reaction Bonded Ceramics, in Advances in Ceramic Armor: A Collection of Papers Presented at the 29th International Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Composites, January 23-28, 2005, Cocoa Beach, Florida, Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 26, Number 7 (ed J. J. Swab), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470291276.ch17

Author Information

  1. 1

    Cranfield University RMCS, Shrivenham Oxfordshire, SN6 8LA, UK

  2. 2

    ADML Sir Frank Whittle Business Centre Butlers Leap, Rugby Warwickshire, CV21 3XH, UK

  3. 3

    DC R&PS DLO Caversfield Bicester Oxfordshire, OX27 8TS, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 MAR 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2005

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781574982374

Online ISBN: 9780470291276

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Keywords:

  • microstructural features;
  • steel cored ammunition;
  • piercing ammunition;
  • ceramic materials;
  • m cubed technologies

Summary

Reaction bonded ceramics can provide a viable option in protecting against steel cored ammunition such as the 7.62 × 54R mm B32 API as defined by STANAG 4569 Level 3. However, against the other type of round defined by the standardized agreement, namely the WC-Co cored 7.62 × 51 mm AP round, these ceramics are relatively ineffective for thicknesses of less than 9mm. This paper compares the performance of two reaction bonded silicon carbides and a boron carbide at increasing thickness values within the range 4–10mm to evaluate their performance and to examine the failure mechanisms of the ceramics and the projectile. This paper will discuss the relative performance of these materials against a WC-Co penetrator in light of their microstructural features.