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Bullet Shattering Material

  1. Aug 8, 2018 #1
    Does anyone know how this works? I hypothesize that the reason that the bullet shatters is that boron carbide is much harder than the copper of the bullet. Does anyone think that this may be made into a conventional armor design as some people are saying or is boron carbide too expensive for use in this application?

    Link: http://www.slate.com/articles/video...rmor_can_shatter_bullet_on_contact_video.html
     
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  3. Aug 8, 2018 #2

    phinds

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    The cost of the components could be utterly trivial compared to the cost of the fabrication of the composite. I have no idea if that's the case but my point is that you are not looking at the big picture.
     
  4. Aug 10, 2018 at 7:14 PM #3

    jim hardy

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    Boron carbide body armor has been around for decades. Carborundum made it in their Niagara Falls plant when i visited there in the 1960's.
    Back then they blew it into fiber with a steam jet then made it into cloth using secondhand textile manufacturing equipment.

    The foam is new to me but it seems a logical progression.

    See what these folks have to say ?
    http://technical-ceramics.3mdeutschland.de/en/products/3m-ballistic-ceramics.html
     
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2018 at 9:59 PM
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