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Armour Applications - Silicon Carbide Composite Ceramics

Personal Body Armour

Technically Engineered Ceramics

XeraCarb has developed a unique silicon carbide composite ceramic which combines high strength and hardness with low weight, making it suitable for use in body armour protections & vehicle armour systems.

XeraBond AP / XeraBond AP2 (Armour Protection) is a lightweight ceramic composite that has been tested with a range of backing technologies including aramid (e.g. Kevlar), polyethylene (e.g Dyneema®), glass-reinforced polymers and metallic systems.

Our product is lighter than both sintered silicon carbide (SSiC) and alumina, it has a better ballistic performance than Alumina and a similar performance to SSiC systems. XeraCarb offer hard plates of any shape or dimension to meet the customer specifications and threat.

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Armour Plate - 360 degree shot showing shot impact

When used in body armour systems it has been shown to be able to stop the highest level of threat commonly encountered (7.62x63 APM2, NIJ Level IV) and has also been tested against other common armour piercing projectiles such as the 7.62x51mm P80, 7.62x39 API BZ and SS109. It can be used in systems design to work as stand alone (SA) or as in-conjunction with soft armour (ICW). XeraBond armour plates are available in a variety of thicknesses to allow for the development of an optimal armour system.

Vehicle Armour Plates

Ceramic Protection Systems

In the context of vehicle protection XeraBond AP and XeraBond AP2 can be used to stop small arms threats as listed above when used as door and body inserts or applique systems.

It has also been shown to be superior to existing ceramics in stopping higher threats such as the 14.5x114mm B-32 armour piercing heavy machine gun round.

XeraBond AP and XeraBond AP2 has been subject to a number of ballistic performance trials in which they have been tested alongside other commercial ceramic armour materials. Take a look at our ballistic test results for our ceramic products >

Vehicle Armour Plate - Showing Impact Point
Vehicle Ceramic Armour Plates

In all cases the high performance and lighter weight of XeraBond AP or XeraBond AP2 combined with its ability to be easily formed in to complex shapes provides end users with a new options in armour design without incurring the expense or restrictions associated with other lightweight armour ceramics.

Working in Partnership

Materials and Engineering Research Institute
Sheffield Hallam University
Therser UK
Finance Yorkshire
Development of our Ceramic Products

We are continuing our research and development into other Industrial and technical environments, and are constantly seeking to meet new challenges.

XeraCarb materials are currently being evaluated for use as personal body armour with the research sponsored by the UK’s Ministry of Defence.

This material offers significant advantages over existing armour in terms of the cost, shape and size of components which are possible and in terms of the total system weight.

Read more about the development of our ceramic products and the advantages it can bring >>

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