In a modern composite armour system, the ceramic is placed on the strike face to stop the penetrator of a projectile. Solutions for the specific requirements can be tailored to the customer needs with parts made of ALOTEC® or SICADUR®. CeramTecs expertise is in the manufacture of advanced ceramics as components for armour systems, cut, drilled and machined to customer specifications, and ready to assemble into protective modules. The significant lower weight of ceramics allows weight savings of more than 50 per cent over conventional metallic solutions.
The most important ceramic materials today for ballistic protection are:
Owing to its excellent price efficiency ratio, alumina is still the pre dominant ceramic armour material for vehicle applications. Only when an extremely low weight is required (e.g. for personal protection, helicopters or weight sensitive vehicle parts) silicon carbide materials are used.
CeramTecs ceramics are characterized by good processability and economic volume production and possesses very high mechanical properties.