Carbon Nanotube Armor Technology
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are allotropes of carbon with a cylindrical nanostructure. Nanotubes have been constructed with length-to-diameter ratio of up to 132,000,000:1, significantly larger than for any other material. These cylindrical carbon molecules have unusual properties, which are valuable for nanotechnology, electronics, optics and other fields of materials science and technology. In particular, owing to their extraordinary thermal conductivity and mechanical and electrical properties, carbon nanotubes find applications as additives to various structural materials.
In particular, when CNTs are used to supplement the standard ballistic ceramic-tungsten alloy that most combat-rated armor is made out of, a superior product is the result. CNT reinforced armor suits are reported to decrease weight (as less ceramic-tungsten alloy is required to create an equally protective ballistic plate), and increase thermal and ballistic protection. CNT armor technology has not seen widespread use throughout the galaxy for a variety of reasons, the most limiting being the vastly increased cost-per-unit, as well as the precise instruments, controlled laboratory environment, and engineering expertise required to fabricate CNTs.
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