Spinel windows can have applications as electro-optical/infrared deckhouse windows in the new class of US Navy destroyers, like the USS Elmo Zumwalt pictured (Photo: US Navy courtesy of General Dynamics)
The newly-developed nanocrystalline spinel could lead to enhanced protection for personnel (Photo: Shutterstock)
A team of experts at the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has developed a new way of fabricating spinel, an armor material used in the windows of military vehicles, demonstrating that the strength of transparent ceramics could be dramatically improved. The nanocrystalline spinel is 50 percent harder than the spinel currently used in armored vehicles and could result in enhanced protection for personnel.
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