Glass

Video: Capturing virus in glass

By Lisa McDonald / March 25, 2020

Since 2004, British artist Luke Jerram has created glass sculptures depicting various well-known viruses, including AIDS and smallpox. He now has created a glass version of the novel coronavirus as well.

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Catching a break—how sol-gel coatings strengthen display glass

By Jonathon Foreman / March 17, 2020

Sol-gel is a relatively inexpensive and easily controlled coating method to potentially strengthen glass. In a recent ACerS journal article, researchers look at the three key factors affecting the ability of sol-gel coatings to strengthen glass: elastic modulus, residual stress, and filling ratio.

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Video: Flip phones are making a comeback, but this time glass is involved

By April Gocha / February 26, 2020

Flip phones seem to be making a comeback—Samsung recently debuted its latest device in a slate of foldable phones currently on the market. But the electronics giant’s new model is the first to feature a foldable glass display—or does it?

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Modeling advances materials research, plus more inside March 2020 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / February 20, 2020

The March 2020 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring discrete element modeling of refractory materials—is now available online. Plus—new ACerS Division and ACerS-ECerS MOU

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Corroding confidence—water threatens stability of vitrified nuclear waste

By Lisa McDonald / February 14, 2020

Vitrification, an established solution for nuclear waste disposal, is considered stable once the waste is turned into glass. New research led by The Ohio State University shows this stability could be threatened if water contacts the metal canister containing the glass.

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Video: Bottle houses—another way to reuse glass

By Lisa McDonald / February 5, 2020

Many glass recycling initiatives focus on crushing the original glass product and turning it into something else. However, you do not need to necessarily crush glass to reuse it, as numerous “bottle houses” around the world show. Take a look at a few of the famous ones.

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Doing double duty in the circular economy—creating foam glass from waste materials

By Jonathon Foreman / January 28, 2020

Porous ceramics hold great promise as value-added products for waste materials because they can use ceramic and glass powders as starting materials. Two recent papers published in a special issue of ACT explore this idea by creating foam glass from waste.

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I bend but do not break: Alumina glass films flex and stretch without fracturing

By Lisa McDonald / January 10, 2020

An oxide glass that can plastically deform under unconfined loading conditions would be a big asset in potential applications. An international team of researchers found alumina glass films exhibit such an ability.

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A stimulating discovery: Bioactive glasses show promise in muscle regeneration

By Lisa McDonald / January 7, 2020

Current methods for repairing skeletal muscle have limited success. Researchers from the United States and China evaluated the potential of bioactive glass to stimulate muscle regeneration, with promising results.

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Bioglass vs brawn: Developing sturdier bioglass capsules for RFID tracking devices

By Jonathon Foreman / November 26, 2019

Bioglass brittleness limits the implantation of bioglass encapsulated RFID tracking devices in animals that butt heads for dominance. Florida A&M University researchers used force distribution models to develop a sturdier bioglass capsule design.

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