Glass half full: Double-strength glass may be within reach

Rice University study suggests possible method for increasing the strength of glassHOUSTON – (Sept. 20, 2012) – Glass is strong enough for so much: windshields, buildings and many other things that need to handle high stress without breaking.

But scientists who look at the structure of glass strictly by the numbers believe some of the latest methods from the microelectronics and nanotechnology industry could produce glass that’s about twice as strong as the best available today.
Rice University chemist Peter Wolynes is one of them. Wolynes and Rice graduate student Apiwat Wisitsorasak determined in a new study that a process called chemical vapor deposition, which is used industrially to make thin films, could yield a glass that withstands tremendous stress without breaking.

Wolynes, a senior scientist with the Center for Theoretical Biological Physics at Rice’s BioScience Research Collaborative, and Wisitsorasak reported their results this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Their calculations were based on a modified version of a groundbreaking mathematical model that Wolynes first created to answer a decades-old conundrum about how glass forms. With the modifications, Wolynes’ theory can now predict the ultimate strength of any glass, including the common varieties made from silica and more exotic types made of polymers and metals.

Read more>>


600450 Glass half full: Double-strength glass may be within reach
Date: 26 September 2012

See more news about:

Others also read

The Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome have just been completed, creating a new world class sporting landmark for Scotland.
Hawaii and Texas Top List of 20 States and D.C. Adding Construction Jobs Since November 2011 as Delaware and New York Trail; Vermont and Louisiana Led 19 States with One-Month Gain, D.
The United States is honoring its role, to the best of its ability, as the world's locomotive, although despite the positive performance of the real estate market, America seems to be recovering slower than expected.
We sincerely thank all our members, friends and visitors for being part of GlassOnWeb and its success during 2012.
SAGE Electrochromics, Inc., a world leader in the development and manufacture of dynamic glass, located in Faribault, Minn., today announced it has filed a lawsuit in U.S.
The EBRD is providing loans worth €110 million to Turkish glass manufacturer Trakya Cam A.Ş. that will expand its product range at home and in Bulgaria and also establish a presence on the Russian market, setting new standards in energy efficiency.

Add new comment