Fundamentals of Inorganic Glasses


  • Arun Varshneya, New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University

Although several fine volumes have been published on special topics in glass, Fundamentals of Inorganic Glasses is the first book to provide the breadth required of a comprehensive undergraduate textbook. In a clear tutorial style, this volume provides comprehensive coverage of the composition, structure, and properties of inorganic glasses. Designed to serve as the primary text for "glass science" courses at the upper-undergraduate level, this book facilitates learning with a clear discussion of fundamental concepts, chapter-ending problem sets, an emphasis on key ideas, and timely notes on suggested readings. Professor Varshneya has filled a gap in the existing literature by providing a textbook that is uniquely comprehensive while striving always to help the student develop a clear understanding of the fundamentals underlying glass science.
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Junior- and senior-level undergraduate and first-year graduate students and professors in ceramics, materials science, engineering, and chemical engineering; technologists in industry.


Book information

  • Published: October 1993
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-714970-7

Table of Contents

Introduction. Fundamentals of the Glassy State. Glass Formation Principles. Glass Microstructure: Phase Separation and Liquid Immiscibility. Glass Compositions and Structures. Composition-Structure-Property Relationship Principles. Density and Molar Volume. Elastic Properties and Microhardness of Glass. The Viscosity of Glass. Thermal Expansion of Glass. Heat Capacity of Glass. Thermal Conductivity and Heat Transfer in Glass. Glass Transition Range Behavior. Permeation, Diffusion and Ionic Conduction in Glass. Dielectric Properties. Electronic Conduction. Chemical Durability. Strength and Toughness. Optical Properties. Fundamentals of Inorganic Glassmaking. Appendix I: Elements of Linear Elasticity. Appendix II: Units and General Data Conversions. Subject Index.