The Science Behind Ceramic Body Armor: How It Works
Ceramic body armor is an important protective gear for law enforcement, military personnel, and civilians who may face life-threatening situations. In this article, we will discuss the science behind ceramic body armor, how it works, and why it's so effective.
How does Ceramic Body Armor Work?
Ceramic body armor works by using ceramic materials such as Aluminum Oxide or Boron Carbide to absorb and disperse the kinetic energy of bullets upon impact. Ceramic materials are highly compressible, which means they can deform and absorb the energy of the bullet as it strikes the armor.
When a bullet strikes a piece of ceramic body armor, the ceramic material shatters into small, hard pieces that absorb the bullet's kinetic energy. This process is known as spalling. The energy of the bullet is spread out over a larger area, preventing it from penetrating the wearer's body.
The use of ceramic materials in body armor is highly effective because of their ability to fracture and deform upon impact. Unlike traditional body armor materials, such as metal or plastic, ceramic materials are not ductile, which means they cannot be stretched or deformed without breaking. This makes them highly effective at absorbing and dispersing the energy of bullets and other ballistic threats.
In addition to ceramic materials, body armor manufacturers like Spartan Armor Systems® also use other materials, such as UHMWPE or other fiber-based materials, to provide additional protection against bullets and other ballistic threats. These materials are designed to capture and absorb the energy of the bullet, further reducing the risk of injury to the wearer.
At Spartan Armor Systems®, we take our ceramic armor to next level. Not only do we use a special machine called an autoclave to bind the ceramic to the UHMWPE backer, but we also wrap our plates in a highly durable 1000 Denier fabric wrap. This makes it water resistant and adds a level of spall mitigation to protect the wearer even more.
Overall, the use of ceramic body armor is an effective way to protect against bullets and other ballistic threats. The combination of ceramic and fiber-based materials provides superior protection and durability, making it an essential piece of protective gear for law enforcement, military personnel, and civilians alike.
Real-life Examples of Ceramic Body Armor in Action
Ceramic body armor has saved countless lives in real-life situations. For instance, in 2013, a U.S. Army medic was saved by a ceramic body armor plate when he was shot by an insurgent in Afghanistan.
What Makes Spartan Armor Systems® Ceramic Body Armor Stand Out?
Spartan Armor Systems® is known for producing high-quality ceramic body armor. Their ceramic body armor has a multi-hit capability, which means it can withstand multiple hits from bullets and other ballistic threats without losing its effectiveness. Moreover, it is lightweight and flexible, making it comfortable to wear for extended periods.
Not only have we provided the industry with high quality plates, but we also continue to innovate. As of the date of this article, we are soon releasing two new ceramic plates to finish out the Hercules dynasty. The new Hercules LITE Level RF2/III+ Lightweight Ceramic Body Armor and the Hercules Xtreme Multi-Hit Ceramic Body Armor plates. You can learn more about how we manufacture our plates here, and in the video below.
Ceramic body armor is an essential piece of protective gear for anyone who may encounter dangerous situations. Spartan Armor Systems® ceramic body armor provides superior protection and durability, thanks to its unique properties and multi-hit capability.