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Glass that bends but doesn’t break

Natural forms inspire McGill researchers to develop a technique to make glass less brittle
Wed, 2014-01-29 08:39
Bio-inspired glass

Normally when you drop a drinking glass on the floor it shatters. But, in future, thanks to a technique developed in McGill’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, when the same thing happens the glass is likely to simply bend and become slightly deformed. That’s because Prof. François Barthelat and his team have successfully taken inspiration from the mechanics of natural structures like seashells in order to significantly increase the toughness of glass.

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