used in armor protection applications because of their ruggedness and ability to withstand impact, but the best properties of each component phase are often not fully realized in the composite structure. Cermets can be fabricated in a relatively straightforward manner and in a wide variety of forms, but most MMCs, like aluminum, have been developed with relatively low-melting metal phases. For higher-temperature components, special fabrication techniques are needed. Mechanistic research on high-temperature ceramic-metal bonding in cermets, the fabrication of these structures, and their relationship to projectile defeat and armor performance can productively be researched.



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