posted on Aug, 23 2007 @ 07:23 PM
Manufactured diamonds are old news, there are several ways currently being used to mfg diamond. One way is to use a small natural "seed" diamond to
start the agggregation process, then carbon is added under extreme pressure and diamond grows around the seed.At this point in time only de beers can
tell the difference between a natural diamond and an artificial one. A diamond coating can be applied to some surfaces, through chemical vapor
deposition or physical vapor deposition, where a layer 1 atom to several micron thick can be laid down. It is also possible to coat certain plastics
with a diamod coating by putting them in a pressure chamber filled with acetelyene and bombarding it with high power microwaves.
Although diamond is the hardest natural substance it is very brittle. At around 2800 degrees diamond turns back to graphite. As an amour it would be
a terrible idea.
carbon 60, commonly known as bucky balls has a soccer ball like atomic structure, is a fullerene found in soot . Although it has some interesting
electrical properties c60 would be useless as a structural material. Other fullerenes include carbon nanotubules, carbon nanotubules have a tremendous
tension strength due to the strength of the carbon-carbon bond, but are very dificult and expensive to produce. Carbon fabrics are only as stong as
their resins used to set them.
Modern battle tanks in the "west" the challenger, ahbrams, lepoard are all using a metal matrix composite armour, consisting of a ceramic
composite laminated to a metalic layer. The ceramics are possibly boron carbide or cubic boron nitride and aluminum oxide reinforced with carbon
whiskers (nano tubules) and bonded to a Ti or aluminum matrix or steel armour plate.
Steel IS an alloy of carbon and iron, adding diamonds to the mix only adds more carbon as the iron will absorb it as carbon. The affinity of iron for
carbon is why diamond cuting tools arent used to cut steels or irons, the heat at the cutting edge turns the diamond to graphite which is absorbed by