Ceramic Armour Materials By Design (Ceramic Transactions, Volume 134)

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Ceramic Armour Materials By Design (Ceramic Transactions, Volume 134)

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Author(s): Paul J. Hazell
No pages: 1
Year: 2004
Article ID: 7-1-8
Keywords: armour, book review, ceramic armour
Format: Electronic (PDF)
 

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Abstract: Ceramic Armour Materials by Design is a collation of papers that were presented at the Ceramic Armour Materials by Design Symposium held under the auspices of the American Ceramic Society's International Conference on Advanced Ceramics and Glass, November 4-8, 2001 in Wailea, Maui Hawaii. Effectively, this book is the symposium proceedings. Each paper has been edited by a collection of eminent researchers who are involved in the study of terminal ballistics. Because it is simply a collection of scientific papers it is certainly is not the sort of book that makes for ideal bed-side reading, neither is it the sort of book that I would expect to find on many coffee tables around the world. However, if you are interested in the development of ceramic armour systems to be used in the protection of personnel, VIP vehicles, lightweight armoured fighting vehicles and heavy armour then this book should be on your office bookshelf or, at the very least, in your departmental library! The reason the symposium and hence this publication is outlined in the preface. Essentially the aim was to enhance the current understanding of what determines the ballistic performance of a ceramic and to assess the current status of computer codes and analytical equations used to model penetration into these materials. The symposium was co-sponsored by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the US Army Research Office and the US Army Research Laboratory and therefore it is no surprise that despite the symposium being international, quite a large proportion of the content comes from US sources. Nevertheless, this publication's usefulness is in its breadth of content and contributory sources—with authors from academia, private industry and government funded labs not only in the US but in the UK, Australia, France, Germany, Sweden, Korea, Japan, the Ukraine, Russia, and Turkey.