Ceramic Tech Today

Introduction to “Glass durability and reactions with water” for Glass: Then and Now

By Jonathon Foreman / May 3, 2022

As part of the IYoG celebrations, ACerS’ “Glass: Then and Now” series is highlighting ACerS journal articles each month that support advancement in glass science and technology. The focus this month is glass durability and reactions with water.

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Electrical conductivity measurements offer nondestructive evaluation of alkali-silica reactions in concrete

By Lisa McDonald / May 3, 2022

Current industry practice for detecting and monitoring alkali-silica reactions in concrete requires destructive extraction and analysis of concrete cores. Argonne National Laboratory researchers explored the potential of using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy for nondestructive evaluation of this reaction instead.

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One phase to rule them all—researchers use Monte Carlo simulations to determine most stable structure of boron nitride

By Lisa McDonald / April 29, 2022

Though hexagonal boron nitride is generally regarded as the most stable boron nitride structure, the relative phase stabilities of boron nitride polymorphs are still under debate. Researchers led by the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology used Monte Carlo simulations to calculate the relative phase stabilities of these polymorphs.

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Video: ‘Glass Ships in Bottles’ exhibition explores the unusual history of UK scientific glassblowers

By Lisa McDonald / April 27, 2022

When heavy industry in the United Kingdom experienced a decline in the 1970s, scientific glassblowers began making and selling glass ships in bottles to stay afloat. An exhibition at the Scottish Maritime Museum looks at this unusual history and how it blossomed into a highly viable commercial enterprise.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / April 27, 2022

Nanotechnology in winter sports, sapphire fiber sensors, and other materials stories that may be of interest for April 27, 2022.

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Accelerating development of paper-like electronic screens—researchers explore friction behaviors of stylus tips on textured glass surfaces

By Lisa McDonald / April 26, 2022

An electronic screen that mimics a paper-like surface is a desirable feature for many consumers. Texturing the screen is one way manufacturers attempt to achieve this experience, and researchers in Japan compared the friction behaviors of three commercial stylus tips on flat and textured glass surfaces.

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Mullite precursor method may be a game changer for fabricating ceramic matrix composites

By Lisa McDonald / April 22, 2022

Oxide–oxide ceramic matrix composites have desirable properties for use in engine components, but conventional processing techniques usually require high temperatures and pressures, which damage the oxide fiber. Researchers in India developed a one-step process for synthesizing mullite precursors that could lower sintering temperature.

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ACerS celebrates the International Year of Glass, plus more inside May 2022 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / April 21, 2022

The May 2022 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring past, present, and future applications of glass—is now available online. Plus—National Day of Glass recap.

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Video: ‘Superhero Materials’ exhibit reveals the everyday wonders of materials

By Lisa McDonald / April 20, 2022

While superheroes offer an engaging hook to interest students in materials science, real-world materials can be just as fascinating and superhero-like. A new exhibit at Tellus Science Museum in Georgia uses materials found in everyday life to inspire interest in materials science.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / April 20, 2022

FDA authorizes first COVID-19 breathalyzer, energy droughts, and other materials stories that may be of interest for April 20, 2022.

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