Nanoparticle Ceramic Armor Application

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    The application of nanotechnology opened unique opportunities for new applications involving ceramic materials. When smaller particles are used in the basic material, the end product tile, offers improved performance. The use of silicon carbide microstructures improved its fracture toughness values threefold, compared to conventional sintered SiC. At present (2004), more development is required to provide the specific hardness level for the end product.