Structure-property relations in calcium aluminate glasses containing different divalent cations and SiO2

Maryam M. Sebdani, John C. Mauro, Lars R. Jensen, Morten M. Smedskjaer

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Calcium aluminate glasses are transparent in the infrared region, exhibit ultralow optical losses, and possess excellent mechanical properties. However, these systems exhibit poor glass-forming ability, and it is therefore important to understand their composition-structure-property relations to enable the design of new compositions with optimized properties and glass-forming ability. In this paper, we study the structure-property relationships in CaO-Al2O3 based glasses with different additives (SiO2, MgO, SrO, BaO, and ZnO). Our results reveal a gradual change in all the measured properties (molar volume, hardness, crack resistance, glass transition temperature, and liquid fragility) upon the addition of SiO2 to the eutectic 64CaO-36Al2O3 composition and the partial substitution of CaO for different divalent cation oxides. The relation between the measured liquid fragility index and the glass-forming ability is also investigated. We discuss these phenomena based on structural information obtained by Raman spectroscopy and topological considerations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)160-165
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Non-Crystalline Solids
StatePublished - Aug 11 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry


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