Study of Optoceramics Applied to armored windows
Tutor / director / evaluatorCremades Oliver, Lázaro Vicente
Document typeMaster thesis (pre-Bologna period)
Rights accessRestricted access - author's decision
Transparent armor is already starting experiencing a change in its technology due to the incorporation of new materials, which we call “transparent ceramics” or “optoceramics”. This is based on the increase of safety needs that year by year are requiring better transparent armor. That is to say, stronger and lighter systems than the traditional glass layered systems, in order to be able to protect from new threats and be installed to new vehicles. This technology transfer is still premature because of several factors such as economical or technological, but is improving extraordinary in the last years. Therefore, this paper focus on the near future highend transparent armor models by using those new transparent ceramics materials. First of all, the paper is considering the study of the art of transparent ceramics, giving a global view how and why these materials have so high properties, their manufacturing process and how could they be transparent. At the end of the chapter it is to be found a large variety of potential applications in which this material open new horizons. Secondly, a study of the main application “transparent armor” is considered. In this chapter is to see the previous transparent armor (TA) design and its way to improve compared to the future TA design enabled by the transparent ceramics and its new way of thinking. Economical issues as well as environmental aspects are born in mind, so that a global sense of how realistic this project is given. The purpose of the paper is to point out to the reader that new innovative materials are emerging from the labs to the market, allowing higher performance revolutionizing the market. However, it seems that these applications will be high-end for a selective market, due to the high price. Nevertheless, if reductions in costs succeed, they might change day-to-day products way of thinking!
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