Borate Glasses pp 477-490 | Cite as

Glass Formation in Borate Systems

  • L. D. Pye
  • V. D. Fréchette
  • D. E. Rase
Part of the Materials Science Research book series (MSR, volume 12)


Glass formation achieved by quenching a melt is a fundamental material property associated with a number of independent variables: composition, melt volume, type of quench, quench temperature and melt history1. Collectively, these variables combine to yield a quench rate which may or may not be sufficient for a given melt to suppress crystallization when cooled, and thus transform to the vitreous state through a reversible increase of viscosity. When assessing a tendency towards glass formation, two related factors are a) one’s method (capability) of detecting crystallization and b) how one chooses to define a glass. The first, of course, is an experimental description; regarding the second, an appropriate working definition for the present text is “a transparent or opaque solid composed of a single or multiple non-crystalline phases(s)”.


Vitreous State Glass Formation Liquid Immiscibility Borate Glass Free Energy Difference 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. D. Pye
    • 1
  • V. D. Fréchette
    • 1
  • D. E. Rase
    • 1
  1. 1.New York State College of CeramicsAlfred UniversityAlfredUSA

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