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Materials | Low Thermal Expansion Glass Ceramics

Low Thermal Expansion Glass Ceramics

Bach, Hans (Ed.)

1995, XV, 223 p.


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This book is one of a series reporting on international research and development activities conducted by the Schott group of companies. With the series, Schott aims to provide an overview of its activities for scientists, engineers, and managers from all branches of industry worldwide where glasses and glass ceramics are of interest. Each volume begins with a chapter providing a general idea of the current problems, results, and trends relating to the subjects treated. This volume describes the fundamental principles, the manufacturing process, and applications of low thermal expansion glass ceramics. The composition, structure, and stability of polycrystalline materials having a low thermal expansion are described, and it is shown how low thermal expansion glass ceramics can be manufactured from appropriately chosen glass compositions. Examples illustrate the formation of this type of glass ceramic by utilizing normal production processes together with controlled crystallization. Thus glass ceramics with thermal coefficients of expansion of less than 0.3 x 10(-6)K(-1) can be obtained. Even for the mass production of high-quality cooktop panels (Ceran (R)), oven windows, and other household appliances a high reproducibility of the properties is achieved. Special glass ceramics (Zerodur (R)) for technological and scientific applications such as high-precision optics or large astronomical mirrors are equally discussed.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Glass Ceramics - ceramics - development - glass - manufacturing - production - temperature-resistant glass ceramics

Related subjects » Characterization & Evaluation of Materials - Civil Engineering - Classical Continuum Physics - Engineering - Materials - Production & Process Engineering

Table of contents 

1. Overview 2. The Scientific Basis 3. Transparent and Tinted Glass Ceramics for Household Appliances 4. Zerodur(R) - A Low Thermal Glass Ceramic for Optical Precision Applications

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