- Creation Date: September 13, 2012
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Glasses are one of the most important classes of engineering materials; they’re used in everything from coke bottles to ipad screens. In this video, I would like to teach students about what a glass is on an atomic level and how engineers process and treat glass to give it unique properties.
The video will be split up into 2 parts. The first half will include some of the science behind glasses. We will cover topics like the difference between a glass and a crystal and the liquid to glass transition. The second half will be a series of demonstrations on how engineers control glasses’ properties (color, strength, etc…). The demonstrations will be conducted in the MIT glass lab using in-house glass blowing equipment. While the techniques glass-blowers use are different than those used in an industrial glass plant, the basic engineering principles are the same.