Development and Characterization of Transparent Glass Matrix Composites
Glass matrix composites based on NextelTM fibre reinforced borosilicate glass were fabricated. Unidirectional fibres were arranged in two directions with a periodic interspacing sandwiched between two glass slides. XRD analysis and SEM observations proved that the selected process parameters were effective in densifying the composites without significant transparency losses. A geometry based equation was derived to evaluate the expected light transmittance of the composites. ZrO2 coating on Nextel™ fibres, developed by a sol-gel method, was investigated in order to provide a weak bonding at the fibre/matrix interface to promote fibre pull-out during fracture. A developed hybrid sol-gel coating method was employed to form a smooth and crack free coating surface on the Nextel™ fibre bundles. The present composites show potential for applications in architecture and special machinery requiring strong transparent windows.
Pietro Vincenzini, Maurizio Ferrari and Mrityunjay Singh
B. Pang et al., "Development and Characterization of Transparent Glass Matrix Composites", Advances in Science and Technology, Vol. 71, pp. 102-107, 2010