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Armor materials, body armor articles and methods of manufacture

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Title: Armor materials, body armor articles and methods of manufacture.
Abstract: An armor material, body armor articles, and methods of manufacturing the armor material are provided. In an embodiment, by way of example only, the armor material includes a first plate, a second plate, and a powder material. The first plate includes a layer comprising a metallic material. The second plate is spaced apart from the first plate and includes a layer comprising a ceramic material. The powder material is disposed between the first and the second plates, and comprises loose powder including at least one of a plurality of ceramic particles and a plurality of metallic particles. ...


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Inventors: Reza Oboodi, Derek Raybould, Thomas E. Strangman
USPTO Applicaton #: #20120174750 - Class: 89 3602 (USPTO) -
Ordnance > Shields >Shape Or Composition

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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20120174750, Armor materials, body armor articles and methods of manufacture.

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TECHNICAL FIELD

The inventive subject matter generally relates to armor material, and more particularly relates to projectile-resistant armor material.

BACKGROUND

Protective armor is used for protecting a person, vehicle or device from penetrating threats that may originate from devices used for explosive or ballistic events. Conventionally, the protective armor may be made of sheets of ceramic, metal, or a combination of these materials. Although these materials generally provide excellent protection, they may be improved. Specifically, it is desirable to provide a protective armor that may be more lightweight than conventional protective armor. Additionally, it is desirable to have a protective armor that may protect against various forms of projectile threats, such as solid particles and liquid molten metals. Moreover, it is desirable to have a protective armor made from material that is relatively inexpensive and simple to manufacture. Furthermore, other desirable features and characteristics of the inventive subject matter will become apparent from the subsequent detailed description of the inventive subject matter and the appended claims, taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings and this background of the inventive subject matter.

BRIEF

SUMMARY

An armor material, a body armor article, and methods of manufacturing the armor material are provided.

In an embodiment, by way of example only, the armor material includes a first plate, a second plate, and a powder material. The first plate includes a layer comprising a metallic material. The second plate is spaced apart from the first plate and may include a layer comprising a ceramic material. The powder material is disposed between the first and the second plates, and comprises loose powder including at least one of a plurality of ceramic particles and a plurality of metallic particles.

In another embodiment, by way of example only, the body armor article includes a panel. The panel includes an armor material that has a first plate, a second plate, and a powder material. The first plate includes a layer comprising a metallic material. The second plate is spaced apart from the first plate and includes a layer comprising a ceramic material. The powder material is disposed between the first and the second plates, and comprises loose powder including at least one of a plurality of ceramic particles and a plurality of metallic particles.

In still another embodiment, by way of example only, the method includes placing and compacting loose powder material in selected cells of a plurality of cells between a first and a second plate.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The inventive subject matter will hereinafter be described in conjunction with the following drawing figures, wherein like numerals denote like elements, and

FIG. 1 is a cross-sectional view of an armor material, according to an embodiment;

FIG. 2 is a cross-sectional view of an armor material, according to another embodiment;

FIG. 3 is a side cross-sectional view of an armor material, according to still another embodiment;

FIG. 4 is a cross-sectional view of the armor material in FIG. 3 taken along line 4-4, according an embodiment;

FIG. 5 is a side cross-sectional view of an armor material, according to another embodiment;

FIG. 6 is a cross-sectional view of the armor material in FIG. 5 taken along line 6-6, according an embodiment;

FIG. 7 is a flow diagram of a method of manufacturing a armor material, according an embodiment; and

FIG. 8 is a perspective view of an article of body armor, according to an embodiment.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

The following detailed description is merely exemplary in nature and is not intended to limit the inventive subject matter or the application and uses of the inventive subject matter. Furthermore, there is no intention to be bound by any theory presented in the preceding background or the following detailed description.

FIG. 1 is a cross-sectional view of an armor material 100, according to an embodiment. The armor material 100 may be used to protect a person, vehicle, or a device from projectiles that may originate from an explosive or a ballistic threat. For example, the armor material 100 may be used as body armor, or may be implemented into or used to cover a vehicle or a device.



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stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20120174750 A1
Publish Date
07/12/2012
Document #
11923316
File Date
10/24/2007
USPTO Class
89 3602
Other USPTO Classes
89 3605, 89907, 89922
International Class
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Drawings
5



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