Editors: Helena Cristina de Sousa Pereira Menezes e Vasconcelos, Maria Clara Gonçalves

Overall Aspects of Non-Traditional Glasses: Synthesis, Properties and Applications

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ISBN: 978-1-68108-208-0 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-68108-207-3 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2016
DOI: 10.2174/97816810820731160101

Introduction

The considerable proliferation of new glasses during the second half of the 20th century (germanate, vanadate, bismuthate, tellurite, chalchogenide glasses, etc.) brought about the use the plural form of the 4 generic glass denomination, in order to be able to index each emerging glass family by its proper name, as well as to classify them methodically. Together with its great compositional versatility, the peculiar characteristics of glass (non-crystalline structure with short-range order, continuous network with no intergranular boundaries, isotropy, easy to be formed into a plastic state inside a wide temperature range) allow for a freedom of design and adaptability that few materials are able to offer. All these circumstances have contributed to the fact that, in the last seventy years, glass has acquired the multiple and varied appearance of its new families, without losing neither its original image nor its soda-lime-silica traditional composition, destined for the huge industrial manufacture of its conventional products.

Preface

For five millennia various glass objects were manufactured, initially as containers and mainly for holding food, oils, perfumes, or simply for decorative purposes. Initially Roman architecture and then the monumentality of medieval and Gothic religious art had a great artistic influence on flat glass. However the manufacturing process for producing flat glass constantly faced big problems. It was only with the dawn of the Industrial Revolution that sheets of glass could be produced that were large enough to allow more extensive use in architecture and throughout society in general. With glass, more than with any other material, art and technology have been merged in an exceptional way for millennia.

Notwithstanding the millenary glass history, glass science is quite new! Only in the last century the first structural glass theories come up. Even more recent are the non-traditional scientific glass studies. This book aims to give a brief introduction of the structure, properties and glass production methods of non-traditional glasses, at bachelor, master and PhD levels.

In this book foundation there is a team of several specialists of distinct Portuguese institutions, such as the Instituto Superior Técnico (ISTUL), Aveiro University (UA) and Azores University (Uaç). Despite the scientific edition of the work, it certainly reflects some level of heterogeneity in the approach chosen by each author.

The editors and the authors we would like to thank you the invitation and the vote of confidence in the publishers for the publication of:

Overall Aspects of Non-Traditional Glasses: Synthesis, Properties and Applications

Your commitment and effort in this production deserves our greatest appreciation.

Helena Cristina de Sousa Pereira Meneses e Vasconcelos
Universidade dos Açores
Campus de Ponta Delgada
Apartado 1422
PT-9501-801 Ponta Delgada
Açores
Portugal

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Maria Clara Gonçalves
Departamento Engenharia Química
Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa
Av. Rovisco Pais, nº1
1049 Lisboa
Portugal

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