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Lightweight armor system and process for producing the same

United States Patent

6,679,157
January 20, 2004
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A lightweight armor system may comprise a substrate having a graded metal matrix composite layer formed thereon by thermal spray deposition. The graded metal matrix composite layer comprises an increasing volume fraction of ceramic particles imbedded in a decreasing volume fraction of a metal matrix as a function of a thickness of the graded metal matrix composite layer. A ceramic impact layer is affixed to the graded metal matrix composite layer.
Chu; Henry S. (Idaho Falls, ID), Bruck; H. Alan (Wheaton, MD), Strempek; Gary C. (Milford, MA), Varacalle, Jr.; Dominic J. (Idaho Falls, ID)
Bechtel BWXT Idaho LLC (Idaho Falls, ID)
10/ 053,852
20020088340
January 18, 2002
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN OF THE INVENTION The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC07-94ID13223 between the U.S. Department of Energy and Lockheed Martin Idaho Technologies Company, now Contract No. DE-AC07-99ID13727 between the U.S. Department of Energy and Bechtel BWXT Idaho, LLC.