Message - Re: Structural Ceramics - How about armor plating

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Posted by  JWmHarmon on February 16, 2003 at 09:39:27:

In Reply to:  Re: Structural Ceramics - Key to Terror-Resistant Skyscrapers? posted by Per Corell on February 15, 2003 at 07:52:31:

Interesting topic - structural ceramics.

A related article appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Monday, February 10, 2002, page B1. "21st Century Armor"

"Ceramics protects this... Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicle... because (ceramics) are lighter, cheaper and easier to replace that traditional metal armor."

"Elite American units... have been wearing ceramic armor - about half as heavy as as the metal variety... Ceramic armor is also shielding some of... the latest weapons systems..."

Does this have any applications in the building industry?

Could we develop ceramic protective coatings that would be applied to steel? Could steel and ceramics be combined much like reimforcing bars in concrete?

Ah, another topic to research? Here's something we can all do in our "spare time."

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