Chemical durability of lithium borate glasses

M. H. Veléz, H. L. Tuller, D. R. Uhlmann

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A series of lithium borate and lithium chloroborate glasses, some of which exhibit fast ion conduction, have been tested for their corrosion resistance to molten lithium at temperatures of 180 to 250°C. In all cases, the mechanism of corosion involved formation of crystalline reaction layers. The thickness of these layers increased parabolically with time, supporting a model involving diffusion-controlled chemical attack. The rate of growth of the reaction layer was found to decrease significantly with increasing Li2O content in the binary B2O3Li2O system, and to depend on the Li2X/B2O3 (X = Cl, O) in the ternary B2O3Li2O(LiCl))2 system. For glasses with high B2O3 contents (>70 m/o), the durability decreases with increasing chlorine concentration; while for low B2O3 contents (>50 m/o), the addition of LiCl increases the durability of the glasses at modest temperatures. The apparent activation energies for the corrosion process depend on initial glass composition, and vary from ∼0.5 eV for pure B2O3 to ∼2.0 eV for high (LiCl)2/B2O3 ratios. The results suggest that a glass with minimum B2O3 content, consistent with glass formability, will result in optimum resistance to molten Li attack. The same glasses have been tested for their durability in water, both buffered (pH=7) and unbuffered solutions at various temperatures. All glasses dissolved at a constant rate, suggesting a reaction-controlled mechanism of attack. A minimum in dissolution rate was found at about 25-30 m/o Li2O in the binary B2O3Li2O system, and at O/B∼1.7 for glasses in the B2O3Li2O(LiCl)2 system. For a constant O/B ratio, addition of chlorine results in a decrease of the durability of the glasses. The combined results are discussed with reference to current views of the structure of borate and chloroborate glasses with insights obtained from NMR studies and measurements of densities and glass transition temperatures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-362
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Non-Crystalline Solids
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - May 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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