Development of Advanced Ceramic Armour Systems for Personal Protection


  1. Lucuta, P.G.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN);ACERAM Technologies, Kingston ONT (CAN)
ACERAM Technologies in cooperation with DRDC Valcartier through an R&D project sponsored by the Defence Industrial Research (DIR) program have developed a new ultra-light advanced ceramic armour system - CERAMOR-MAP™ (CERAmic arMOR Modualr Advanced Protection). The new system has been designed specifically for improved personal protection, but could be modified for use as add on armour on vehicles as well. This report describes briefly the torso protection system consisting of a spall cover, CERAMOR™ chest plate, shock absorber and a commercial backing. The advancements reside in materials selection including the CERAMOR™ ceramic composite, the system components and their design. The new armour system is based on tougher ceramic composite material (CERAMOR™) that provides closer than ever multi-hit capability, and a novel design approach to the ceramic components and the entire system. The advances in design are based on a dual role played by the ceramic by deflecting before defeating the projectiles. Ballistic test results showing the ballistic limits for various levels of threats are also presented on NIJ Level III, Level IV special and 12.7 mm APT C44 projectiles. CERAMOR-MAP™ strike plates have proven to be resilient with excellent multi-hit at any level of threat. TRUNCATED
Report Number
DRDC-VALCARTIER-CR-2002-268 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
18 Dec 2002
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