Instead, adding alumina to the glass creates silicon dioxide crystals at the mixture’s point of contact with its container, which ruins the product. The researchers needed to overcome this production issue in order to create super-strong glass. Since contact with the production equipment was the cause of the problem, the Japanese researchers came up with a way to eliminate the container during production.
The process they came up with suspends the mixture on a cushion of air and mixes it with a laser. The finished product displays the expected characteristics – hardness and transparency. The resulting product is also colorless.
The researchers were able to produce the experimental glass in the laboratory, but their experimental methodology doesn’t easily translate well to a mass production environment. The next step is to modify their experimental production to allow the technique to be used to mass produce glass. Once they overcome that hurdle, we could see truly shatterproof glass in mobile phones, wearable technology and other products. Incidentally, the resulting glass isn’t necessarily limited in size. In theory, the ultra-strong glass could be used in automobiles, building windows and doors.
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