Glasses and Glass-Ceramics

  • M. H. Lewis

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. R. F. Pettifer
    Pages 41-58
  3. Peter F. James
    Pages 59-105
  4. G. Leng-Ward, M. H. Lewis
    Pages 106-155
  5. J. M. Parker, P. W. France
    Pages 156-202
  6. N. Ford, R. Todbunter
    Pages 203-225
  7. G. Partridge, C. A. Elyard, M. I. Budd
    Pages 226-271
  8. Arvind Halliyal, Amar S. Bhalla, Robert E. Newnham, Leslie E. Cross
    Pages 272-315
  9. Karl M. Prewo
    Pages 336-368
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 369-378

About this book


The emergence of synthetic ceramics as a prominent class of materials with a unique combination of properties has been an important part of the materials-science scene over the past 20 years. These 'high-technology' ceramics have varied applications in areas utilizing their exceptional mechanical, thermal, optical, magnetic or electronic properties. A notable development of the 1970s was that of 'Si-based' ceramics (Si3N4' SiC and 'Sialons') as high-temperature engineering solids. More recently the zirconia-based ceramics have evolved as a class of material with significant improvements in fracture-toughness. In the 1980s we are on the threshold of development of ceramic-matrix composites with the promise of over­ coming major limitations in engineering design with 'brittle' ceramics and the development of novel properties unattainable with monolithic micro­ structures. Throughout this period there have been significant but less well-publicized developments in the field of glass-ceramics and glasses. It is the purpose of this publication to review selected topics within this important area of materials science. A key element in understanding the relation between properties and microstructure is a knowledge of atomic arrangement in ceramic phases. Recent developments in NMR and X-ray absorption spectroscopies have had considerable impact on studies of atomic co-ordination in glasses and crystalline ceramic materials and are reviewed in Chapters 1 and 2. Glass-ceramics are derived from the parent glasses by controlled crystal­ lization and have properties dictated, in part, by the efficiency of crystal nucleation within the glass volume.



Editors and affiliations

  • M. H. Lewis
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for Advanced Materials Technology, Department of PhysicsUniversity of WarwickConventryUK

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