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Course unit
INP3050685, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN0523, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination GLASS SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Department of reference Department of Industrial Engineering
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge PAOLO COLOMBO ING-IND/22

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ING-IND/22 Science and Technology of Materials 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2014 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
6 A.A. 2018/19 01/10/2018 30/11/2019 COLOMBO PAOLO (Presidente)
BERNARDO ENRICO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: None. Previous knowledge of selected Materials Science topics (e.g. crystallization theory, TTT and CCT curves) is advisable but not strictly necessary.
Target skills and knowledge: To enable the student to know and understand the correlation between the structure and properties of inorganic glasses (mainly oxide-based) as well as to illustrate the main industrial fabrication methods for glass components. The professional profile that this course will contribute to create is that of an industrial engineer capable of using materials (glass in particular) in the framework of production processes or the development of products.
Examination methods: Traditional (written exam). The exam can be taken in Italian or in English.
Assessment criteria: Written test (write a short essay on a topic selected by the professor and dealing with glass science and a short essay on a topic selected by the professor and dealing with glass technology).
The assessment will be based on the student's understanding of the topics, on the acquisition of concepts and methodologies proposed and the ability to apply them autonomously.
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.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lecture-style instruction. Teaching using Powerpoint slides, videos and analysis of samples brought to class by the professor.
Individual study on copy of slides given by the professor, and classroom discussion.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Copy of the slides used for teaching (files in PDF format). This material is enough for preparing for the exam; the book is only a suggestion for further studies, but it is not necessary to acquire it).
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • J.E. Shelby, Introduction to Glass Science and Technology. London, England: RSC Paperbacks, 2005. 2nd edition Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Questioning
  • Use of online videos

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure