Non-stoichiometric magnesium aluminate spinel : microstructure evolution and its effect on properties
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Magnesium aluminate spinel is a material of interest for transparent armor applications. Owing to its unique combination of transparency to large portions of the electromagnetic spectrum and mechanical robustness, spinel is among the front runners for applications including transparent armor windows for military vehicles and space craft windows, missile radomes, and infrared windows. However, failure in such applications may lead to severe outcomes, creating motivation to further improve the mechanical reliability of the materials used. In this thesis, potential toughening mechanisms that ...