Eurosatory 2014

Still transparent even after attack (ES14E2)

17 June 2014

Germany’s IBD Deisenroth Engineering is showing its latest Transparent Ceramic Protection (TCP) capability, integrated onto a vehicle at Eurosatory (Hall 6, Stand K571). It has developed the TCP as a spin-off from its opaque NANOTech Ceramics.

IBD Deisenroth claims the TCP technology not only reduces the weight of protected windows by some 70 per cent, but also has a multihit capability so that the rest of the windscreen retains its transparency after the attack, allowing the crew to maintain situational awareness.

During impact the incoming projectile is eroded and dissipates a great amount of its kinetic energy. The extreme hardness of the material allows the thickness of the ceramic layer to be reduced. This low weight allows typical large windows on trucks to have the same level of ballistic protection as that of opaque ceramic protection.

Traditional standard armour glass is made up of a high number of layers, which can have a rapid ageing effect and lead to delamination at higher ambient temperatures.

The nanofibre reinforced transparent backing is very stable and due to the low number of layers, the ceramic protection can be operated in a broader temperature range than for standard armour glass.

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