Materials Synthesis and Development

Group

Submicrometer sintered corundum for ballistic protection

Topic

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Submicrometer Al2O3 ceramic (average grain size 0.56 µm).

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Higher hardness of sintered corundum by smaller grain size (realistic record requires measurement of macrohardness HV10 at 10 kg testing load).

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Improved ballistic strength by increased hardness of sub-micron sintered Al2O3 ceramics (depth-of-penetration test with steel backing [EMI Freiburg]; almost no influence of strength).

Improved protective efficiency by high hardness of submicrometer ceramics

Ceramic processing that avoids defects gives high-strength and very hard α-Al2O3 protective tiles of low weight.

 

Advantages

 

Very high hardness of sintered dense Al2O3 ceramic with sub-µm microstructure:

  • Improved protective performance at low weight due to the correlation of high hardness and increasing mass efficiency
  • To be manufactured by simple, pressureless sintering at low temperatures

 

Products and services offered

 

  • Development of technologies to manufacture submicrometer Al2O3 protective materials, upscaling investigations
  • Development of optimized materials for specific applications
  • Application related investigations of the ballistic protective performance in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for High-Speed Dynamics (Ernst-Mach-Institut) Freiburg i.Br.