GLASS SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Second cycle degree in MATERIALS ENGINEERING

Campus: PADOVA

Language: English

Teaching period: Second Semester

Lecturer: PAOLO COLOMBO

Number of ECTS credits allocated: 6


Syllabus
Prerequisites: None
Examination methods: Traditional (written exam). The exam can be taken in Italian or in English.
Course unit contents: Glass Structure: definition of glass. Glass transition range. Vetrification conditions: structural and kinetic theories. Phase separation. Structure of inorganic glasses and proposed models. Brief introduction to non-oxide glasses.
Properties: rheological properties (viscosity); thermal properties (specific heat, thermal conductivity, thermal expansion); chemical properties (glass surface, acid and alkaline attack, water attack and weathering); electrical properties (ionic and electronic conductivity, semiconductor glasses); optical properties (refraction, reflection, absorption, transmission, colored glasses, photochromic glasses, photosensitive glasses, electrochromic glasses, optical fibers);
Glass technology: raw materials and calculation of batch composition. Types of industrial furnaces. Melting, homogeneizing, fining and conditioning. Annealing. Flat glass: sheet glass, plate glass, float glass. Fusion process. Container glass: blow-blow and press-blow. Main characteristics of glass containers.