Ceramic Armour - Hit or Miss

13 Apr 2016

Organised by The Ceramics Society of IOM3

Julie Yeomans, Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering Sciences and Professor of Ceramic Materials, University of Surrey will present the 2016 Mellor Memorial Lecture*. This will take place at the conclusion of the Ceramic Innovation Network event Energy efficiency in ceramic processing which is being organised by the British Ceramic Confederation.

More information about Energy Efficiency in Ceramic Processing


For the best possible protection in terms of ballistic resistance for a given weight, ceramics are the materials of choice.   As hard materials, they are able to deform the bullet, dissipating its energy and hopefully stopping it from penetrating the armour.  Whilst the current materials are good there is always room for improvement.  There is, however, an incomplete understanding of how armour works on a microscopic level meaning that currently there is no substitute for testing a material on a firing range.  As making and testing a new material is a slow and costly process there is a desire to establish laboratory –based tests that will both screen materials at an early stage of the design cycle and also allow the development of a greater understanding of the way in which the material responds to the ballistic impact.   This will enable even better materials to be designed, tested and used in the future.

Image of ballistic impact on ceramic armour, courtesy of Adam Healey


The lecture will commence at 16:45. Attendance at the Mellor Memorial Lecture is free of charge but if you plan to attend (and will not be at the earlier conference), please contact Geoff Hale - details below.

If you wish to attend the Energy efficiency in ceramic processing conference, please register for your FREE place by email: helenc@ceramfed.co.uk


*Joseph William Mellor FRS (1869 - 1938) was the pioneering ceramist of his time and held roles such as Director of the British Refractories Research Assoeciation (which later merged with the British Pottery Research Association in 1948, to become the British Ceramic Research Association, now Lucideon). When the Institute of Ceramics was formed in 1955 it was agreed that a Mellor Memorial Lecture would be held every year to commemorate his lifelong work.

Venue and booking

Event Location: 
Queens Road
United Kingdom
Contact details: 

Geoff Hale

E: geoff.hale@iom3.org

T: 01223 840717