Date: April 14, 2011
Creator: Brice, David & Collins, Peter
Description: This poster discusses research on tungsten carbide and possible military applications. Tungsten carbide (WC) ceramics are extremely hard and exhibit great potential for use in military application. The purpose of this project is to show that tungsten carbide (WC) is a more effective material than Kevlar or steel when used for body armor. Tungsten carbide possesses a high measure of hardness that indicates a high resistance to deformation. Also, the methods of production, namely Pulsed Current Activated Sintering (PCAS), can increase these natural properties. To conclusively prove that WC can be used as body armor components, the material must be tested by firing armor piercing munitions at samples of the material.
Contributing Partner: UNT Honors College