Study of the effectiveness of corundum and boron carbide ceramics in hybrid protection systems

  • 1 Institute of Metal Science, equipment, and technologies “Acad. A. Balevski” with Center for Hydro- and Aerodynamics at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • 2 Inner Mongolian Metal Material Research Institute, Ningbo, P.R. China


High-temperature synthesis of corundum and boron carbide ceramics was performed and the physical and chemical indicators of the obtained products were determined. Their suitability as a components of individual protection systems is assessed by ballistic tests.



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