Ceramic Armor

Ceramic armor is defined as protective materials or composites that are used by armored vehicles and in personnel armor for their attenuation properties. These properties along with thermal and mechanical properties can be tailored as is the case for metal-ceramic composites and reaction bonded composites for armor manufacture. L&L Kiln Mfg. makes large-format industrial Bell-Lift kilns (100 ft³) which have been used in the manufacture of ceramic armor. The kiln can be equipped with or without a retort and with inert atmosphere controls. The kilns are easy to load, and economical to run and maintain.

Challenges

The ceramics used are very difficult to work with. They are often combined with a binder to make them easier to handle in the green state. This binder needs to be burned out cleanly before the mold can be sintered and the piece is finished. The firing process for these compounds is often very slow, sometimes taking days. This long firing schedule affects the life of the kiln components.

Market

Most large scale companies that control the market in this application work directly with the United States Government.

Kilns

L&L's DaVinci kilns are the most common series for this application. Their different sizes and shapes can accommodate almost any project and their heavy-duty sectional construction is not only durable, but easy to repair should an accident happen.

Recommended Kilns

Large Heavy-Duty Front-Loading Kilns. Includes 4-1/2" K25 arched roof, door elements, and 5" of multi-layered insulation. Multi-Zone DynaTrol. Cone 10.
Bell-Lift Production Kilns
100 cubic feet Bell Lift Kilns for Industry. Cone 10.