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Complex Geometry Composite Armor for Military Applications

United States Patent Application

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The present invention utilizes a layered armor concept, combining engineered and naturally-occurring materials, to mitigate damage to a vehicle from explosively formed projectiles (EFPs), particularly those projectiles with impact velocities greater than 2.25 km/s, reducing the velocity of the impacting projectile to less than 1.5 km/s upon exiting the composite armor system. The composite armor system incorporates a structural framework that contains and constrains a geometrical structure of rigid rods with the void spaces between the rods filled with a particulate matrix material. Because the composite armor can incorporate naturally-occurring particulate matrix materials that are readily available, the armor can be transported with less bulk system weight, allowing for additional weight reduction in air or sea transport applications.
Saul, W. Venner (Los Lunas, NM), Knorovsky, Gerald A. (Albuquerque, NM), Berg, Vanessa S. (Albuquerque, NM)
12/ 120,918
May 15, 2008
STATEMENT OF GOVERNMENT INTEREST [0002] The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Department of Energy Contract No. DE-AC04-94AL85000 with Sandia Corporation.