Discussion of Thermally Activated Approaches to Glass Fracture

William W Gerberich, M. STOUT

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A review of the Charles and Hillig approach to thermally activated crack growth mechanisms indicates that this theory may be applicable to cracking in vacuum at high temperatures but not to stress‐corrosion cracking in aqueous solutions. For stress‐corrosion mechanisms, the ramifications are 2‐fold: (1) Thermal activation analysis shows that the true activation energy in soda‐lime glasses is closer to 0.55 × 105 J/mol (13.2 kcal/mol) than to the 1.2×105 J/mol (29 kcal/mol) obtained using the Charles and Hillig approach; and (2) other models for slow crack growth controlled by bulk diffusion of H2, OH, or Na+‐H+ are suggested and shown to be consistent with much of the observed phenomena.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)222-225
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Ceramic Society
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - May 1976

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