Though ceramic plates are harder than a math exam, and can practically obliterate projectiles, they are one-hit wonders. Self-repairing has been demonstrated for a composite of silicon carbide and aluminum oxide. I guess I should also add that the composite regained full-strength, but needed a minute and 1000 °C. The plate has to be substituted for the duration of the repairing process, but how am I supposed to quickly switch plates, sometimes mid-combat?
I need a way for the armor to:
replace the plates, the structural components of the mechanism should:
- be sturdy
- and interfere with other activities (shooting and running) as little as possible
The plates are mainly around the torso (front and side) and the legs (front and side), since you only get shot in the back if you face away from combat, or if you let the enemy get behind you.
How should my armor replace its plates?
If first thought of an arm that can reach out for and pick up tiles, then place a new one in the gaps, but Moravec's Paradox blocks the way!