Densification of alkali silicate glasses at high pressure

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The densification behavior of a number of alkali silicate glasses has been investigated using a Bridgman anvil high pressure device. The pressure range of the investigation was 10 to 60 kilobars; the temperature range was 100 to 400°C. In all cases, the densification was found to increase with increasing temperature and pressure. In the two systems where compositional variations were explored, Na2OSiO2 and K2OSiO2, a pronounced maximum in densification in the vicinity of 10 mole % alkali oxide was observed (for a given temperature and pressure). These maxima are taken to reflect a competition between two processes, one of which - the variation of molecular mobility with composition - should lead to increasing densification with increasing alkali concentration. Several possibilities are discussed for the decrease in densification with alkali oxide concentrations greater than about 10% (to values smaller than that of SiO2 in some cases). The present results are related to those obtained in previous investigations of the densification of oxide and polymeric glasses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-99
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Non-Crystalline Solids
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 1973

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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