none

NEW SEE THROUGH ALUMINUM COULD BE THE UNBREAKABLE GLASS

15-02-2016
by 
in 

A new type of glass is in town; “Spinel” a new type of material that the US Navel Research Laboratory has been working on for the last 10 years has been revealed.

Spinel is said to be a far more durable material and that a thin layer of it could perform better than glass.

"Spinel is actually a mineral, it's magnesium aluminate," says Dr. Jas Sanghera, who leads the research.

"The advantage is it's so much tougher, stronger, harder than glass. It provides better protection in more hostile environments—so it can withstand sand and rain erosion."

"For weight-sensitive platforms-UAVs [unmanned autonomous vehicles], head-mounted face shields—it's a game-changing technology." He continued.

The new material was made using a hot press called sintering, which is a low temperature process, with multiple sizes to soon be available.

"Ultimately, we're going to hand it over to industry," says Sanghera, "so it has to be a scalable process."

In the initial lab tests they made pieces that were eight inches in diamter, and then after they licensing the technology to a company, they were able to create plates up to 30 inches wide.

The method allows the scientists to make optics in a number of shapes.

In addition to being tougher, stronger, harder, Sanghera says spinel has "unique optical properties; not only can you see through it, but it allows infrared light to go through it." That means the military, for imaging systems, "can use spinel as the window because it allows the infrared light to come through."

The scientists are also looking at spinel for the windows on lasers operating in maritime and other hostile environments.

"I've got to worry about wave slap and saltwater and things like that, and gun blasts going off—it's got to be resistant to all that. And so that's where spinel comes into its own," says Sanghera.

"Everything we do, we're trying to push the mission. It's designed to either enable a new application, a new capability—or enhance an existing one." He continued.

 

For the full release: Click Here

Related news & editorials

  1. 18.01.2019
    18.01.2019
    by      In
    Mouser Electronics has revealed that it added no fewer than 51 new suppliers to its industry-leading line card in 2018, offering even more choices to its design engineer, component buyer, and procurement agent customer base.
    With many new embedded suppliers among the additions, Mouser is... Read More
  2. 18.01.2019
    18.01.2019
    by      In
    Phoenix Contact has come out with its first high-performance controller for the PLCnext technology ecosystem. The RFC 4072S controller takes advantage of all the main features of the control platform, including the ability for users to program using their favourite languages and programming... Read More
  3. 17.01.2019
    17.01.2019
    by      In
    The Exair Gen4 Super Ion Air Wipe provides a uniform 360-degree ionised airstream that is clamped around a continuously moving part to eliminate static electricity and contaminants. It is ideal for removing dust, particulates and personnel shocks on pipe, cable, extruded shapes, hose, wire and more... Read More
  4. 17.01.2019
    17.01.2019
    by      In
    With many areas of Australia facing severe drought, the Government has launched its $12.9 million Water for the Future plan focusing on more efficient water infrastructure and refurbishment of older pipes and systems.
    Helping to realise this programme, Air Springs Supply has released a new range of... Read More