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The Engineer Online - Art of glass

Researchers in the US have proposed a way of predicting whether a given glass  will be brittle or ductile — a desirable property typically associated with  metals like steel or aluminum — and assert that any glass could have either  quality.

‘Most of us think of glasses as brittle, but our finding shows that any glass  can be made ductile or brittle,’ said Jan Schroers, a professor of mechanical  engineering and materials science at Yale University , who led the research with  Golden Kumar, a professor at Texas Tech University.

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