Glass in Engineering Science - Vol 1
The principal objective of this monograph is to draw together the many disparate strands of glass science and technology associated with optical birefringence. Throughout the text, a simplified approach has been adopted in presenting the salient features of what is often difficult subject matter, partly to encourage a wider readership. Theoretical and experimental results from many sources are presented, and copious references are given in full so that particular fields of enquiry can be pursued in greater depth where necessary. Particular emphasis is given to the historical origins of the various scientific discoveries and technological innovations, which often tend to be overlooked in current literature. Whence several examples of largely unknown publications have been identified and accorded deserved recognition. The present compendium is partially a celebration of the pioneering investigations carried out worldwide by numerous scientists and engineers over the past two centuries, while encompassing the most recent developments.
Optical properties are summarised for various inorganic glasses subjected to stress, magnetic and electric fields, including the influence of wavelength dispersion and quantum dots. Attention is directed to the measurement of residual stresses in flat and non-flat annealed glass, and more particularly in specimens of thermally and chemically toughened glass, including glass seals, optical fibres and irradiated glass. Other applications of glass birefringence range from structural modelling, surface indentation, optical retardation devices and the behaviour of glass melts, through to load and stress measuring instrumentation, optoelectronic glass transducers and the modelling of particulate media. Detailed theoretical elastic solutions are also given for the stresses within solid and hollow cylindrical glass inclusions subjected to general biaxial loading.
First published September 2015, premium hardback, 687 pages (175 x 250 mm) with black and white and colour litho illustrations.
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