Patent Number: 6,332,390

Title: Ceramic tile armor with enhanced joint and edge protection

Abstract: A ceramic composite tile armor which is reinforced at the more vulnerable joint and free edge areas, using glass or ceramic strips or overlays bonded with an adhesive to the outer surface of the tile joints and free edges. This reinforcement provides improved ballistic threat protection for ground vehicle, aircraft, watercraft, spacecraft, and body (personnel) ceramic tile armor applications. Glass or ceramic overlay strips assist in fracturing impacting projectiles that strike the tile joints or free edges. The substrate laminate backing can then capture fragments of the projectile and broken ceramic and prevent penetration. The invention provides improved protection over conventional joint and edge enhancements with higher reliability of accurate positioning over joint and free-edge areas, with less added weight, and at lower associated production costs.

Inventors: Lyons; F. Stanton (Phoenix, AZ)

Assignee: Simula, Inc.

International Classification: F41H 5/04 (20060101); F41H 5/00 (20060101); F41H 005/04 (); F41H 001/02 ()

Expiration Date: 12/25/2018