In the spirit of the GMIC “Usable Glass Strength” research coalition this session will focus on activities that can help move the practical strength of glass closer to its theoretical strength. Steps have been made in the past in certain applications but the remaining opportunity is enormous and has far reaching implications for the world of glass and for that matter, the world. Topics can range from basic research on flaw generation and strength reduction mechanisms to surface healing and practical applications of strength improvements in manufacturing. The work presented will be applicable to flat glass, containers, fiberglass, specialty glasses, or most likely all of the above.
Elam Leed, Johns Manville, USA
Richard K. Brow, Missouri University of Science & Technology, USA