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**composition is important in the glass industry, where accurate prediction of
**

properties such as viscosity, hardness, and chemical durability have obvious

benefits . So far, the main method for deducing the optimal composition to

maximize certain mechanical properties has been empirical [1]. For example, in

1915, scientists used empirical analysis to discover a very durable, heat and shock

resistant glass known commonly today as Pyrex®[18]. While this method does

arrive at the answer, a theoretical understanding of the connection between a

glass’s composition and its mechanical properties is of more interest in modern

glass science.

One direct approach for explaining a glass behavior based on its structure is

Molecular Dynamics. In short, this process examines the Coulomb interactions

between networks of atoms. Since there are no other types of interactions between

atoms, examining the Coulomb forces is certain to work. However, the computation

forces due to atomic bonding requires a tedious numerical integration with a time

step of 10-15 s [2]. These computational limits preclude the analysis of sufficiently

large networks.

In order to get more useful methods of analysis, some simplification needs to

be made. Topological Constraint Theory [4,6,14] does not calculate or examine any

atomic forces, rather, it examines the mere existence or absence of a bond. This

eliminates the need for a tedious strength

calculation. Constraint Theory makes a

further simplification by discarding any

extraneous forces and only calculating the

main influences on atomic motion, called

constraints. This idea of considering

constraints was first suggested by Maxwell

[5] and was later developed into a

breakthrough theory by Phillips in 1979

[4]. These atomic constraints fall into the

Fig 1. Types of Intermolecular Constraints categories: α Constrains and β Constraints

(Fig 1.) α constraints describe forces

associated with bond stretching, while β constraints describe forces associated with

bond bending.

α

β

**Depending on the number of constraints each atom experiences, the nature
**

of its motion can be deduced. If an atom has two few constraints, it is said to be

floppy, or under-constrained and if has atom has too many, it is said to be rigid

or over-constrained. Extra constraints in a rigid system are called redundant

bonds. There is also a critical number of constraints where the atom is neither overconstrained nor under-constrained. Such an atom is said to be isostatically

constrained [6] (Fig 2.). The number of constraint determines the nature of the

topological connection. Since we want information about the network, not just one

atom, we need to figure out the number constraints of some average particle in the

network. We define the mean coordination number with this in mind.

m=x N cn ( A )+ y N cn ( B ) +(1− y−x ) N cn (C) This is a simple weighted average. there in one β constraint. The Nature of Topological Connections Next we must discover how many constraints are affecting this average particle. each bond adds two α constraints to the system. and each addition atom bonded adds two β constraints [4]. Floppy Two Bonds are Redundant Isostatically Constrained Rigid Fig 2. When an atom has a coordination number of two. respectively. and floppy modes do not. Second term: This term counts angular constraints. the probability that there will exist a bond between two nodes. The initial approximation made by Maxwell [5] is r 1 Nzp−dN n ¿ 2 ¿ dN −¿ f =¿ . Since rigid bonds add the network rigidity. here we consider one half constrain per α constraint because we are only focused on the constraints of one average particle. it is useful to express to fraction of floppy modes as a function of the p. not two. defined here for a 3 component system with N cn denoting the coordination number (number of neighboring atoms) and x and y denoting the molar percentage of A and B. The number of atomic constraints in the system can be expressed as N co = m +2 m−3 2 First term: Since each bond connects two atoms.

The left-hand simplification shows that f approaches 0 linearly as p is increased. dN basicalls gives r you to total number of bonds. the number of redundant bonds per degree of freedom. N is the total number of atoms in the network. This approximation closely fits computer simulations of percolation thresholds [8]. .where d is the number of dimensions. but this time the approach is asymptotic. p *=2d/z. This equation defines the useful value nr. and the 1 Nzp−dN n ¿ indicated how many of them 2 ¿ form constraints. hence the difference between these two values gives you the number of non-constraining bonds. z is the average coordination number. further accuracy can be achieved by using the series expansion f =3(1−p)5−2 ( 1− p )6 +O( (1− p )8 ) which also approaches zero as p increases.

there exists many local minima. where local energy considerations are minimized. if a glass is to become a crystal. For now we will relate this behavior to its glass forming ability. In theory. the network becomes a crystal.3] worked to expand topological theory to account for the current temperature of the network. does not only apply to glass-forming ability.). As the Topological Theory was developed further [1. Glasses in the Boolchand Phase have interesting properties. They reasoned that. Energy Barrier to Crystallization easily formed. again. ideal glass-forming ability was discovered to occur in a critical range. Phillips reasoned that ideally constrained system has enough constraints to prevent motion but not too many as to stress the network rigid. Glasses in this region are said to be in a Boolchand Intermediate Phase. since thermal energy has not yet entered the discussion. which are in accordance with the predictions made by Topological Theory. All these stresses provide enough energy to overcome the Crystal activation barrier and. such as extremely low minimum cooling rates (easily forms glass) and no internal stresses (no extra stress from redundant bonds). it takes almost no energy to reconfigure the network. Although glasses are not the most favorable thermodynamic state. 9]. So as N co is varied from one extreme to another. the number of dimensions. guided by the gradient of the Nd-dimensional hyperspace. the Glass redundant bonds serve only to add internal stresses to the system [8]. This . This point represents the topological prediction of a network with ideal glass-forming ability. The average number of constraints per atom. named after its discoverer [10]. we have only considered network at absolute zero. Mauro and Gupta [2. Setting d = 3. if passes a critical point. as introduced by Phillips [4].45. Floppy-Rigid Spectrum point. for a system of N atoms and d dimensions. atoms arrive at these local minima. and that takes some amount of activation energy. N co . The two extreme ends Amount of Atomic Order of Fig.The nature of the floppy and rigid constraints has a profound impact on the behavior of the network. Up until now. If the network is mostly floppy. not at a single Floppy Critical Rigid Fig 4. we obtain ideal glass behavior at m =2. This processes is called rigidity percolation [14]. and the network can Energy Barrier easily overcome the low energy barrier to form glass. they do represent local minima in free energy (Fig 3. When a network is over-constrained. 4 represent regions where glass is not Fig 3. it must reconfigure its topology into Gibbs Free Energy an ordered network. That is to say. Therefore the optimal glass forms when N co =d . each representing a mechanically stable configuration.

This reasoning was the basis for the temperature considerations of topological theory. knowledge of the network behavior much be applied. One the units are identified. topological theory can be used to predict the viscosity and glass transition temperature of glass networks [1-3]. Also. or NMR data in more complex systems. As Applied to Specific Networks Now we shall apply the principles of Topological Constrain Theory to several specific glass networks. such alkali/alkali earth silicates[16]. the system can flow freely among basins. At high temperatures. This knowledge either comes from direct reasoning in simple cases. When the thermal energy in the system is accounted for. Borate classes are complex and their behavior is still under debate[12]. but the way in which the network navigates this space does depend on temperature. Since ) and the vt obs is generally large.descent guided by the slope of the surface is termed basin. depending on the needs of the situation. and the point at which there is no inter-basin travel is dubbed the glass transition temperature. A topological analysis begins with the identification of the main configurational units in the network. k is Boltzmann’s constant. called network-forming species. knowing N co also tells you how many bonds are present in the system. −∆ F vt obs kT ] q ( T )=[ 1−e ∆F is the activation energy needed for breaking a constraint. and t obs is the timescale of the observation. This function is reminiscent of the classic Fermi energy distribution function. and there exists only one basin for every stable mechanical configuration. v is the vibrational attempt frequency. Both forms of q(T) are used. After the proper fractions of network-forming species can be mathematically deduces as a function of x (the change in the molar . q(T) also has the discreet form { q ( T )=θ ( T q−T )= 1. where q is rigid at T =0 ( network becomes floppy as it gets hotter ( lim q ( T )=0 T→∞ lim q ( T )=1 T→0 ). but some models such as the Yun-Bray model for binary and ternany borosilicate glasses have been developed with some success [17]. The hyperspace is independent of temperature. inter-basin travel is reduced. T >T q where Tq is the temperature of rigidity percolation. but as the system is cooled down. and a function of temperature. T <T q 0. which correlates directly to Shear and Elastic Moduli [2]. We introduce q(T) the network rigidity.

Rearranging the above equation leads to 3 Si =2 x Si 4 =100−3 x This implies that each addition of an R 2O group creates two Si3 groups and takes away three Si4 groups. To molar amount of oxygen is used to deduce to ratio of Si4/Si3 in the following way[16].composition). Note: Silica tetrahedral occur in pairs. Each oxygen is then considered a ‘bridging-oxygen’ (BO) linking two Si atoms. pure vitreous silica. Next. x R2 O∙ ( 100−x ) B 2 O3 . Alkali Borates and Alkali Borosilicates For borates there is a similar compositional formula.5 Si With NBO counting as a full oxygen and a BO counting as half an oxygen atom because it will ultimately be counted twice. First we assume that only Si4 or Si3 units occur in the network. Alkali Silicates We begin with an analysis of binary alkali silicate glasses of the composition x R2 O∙ ( 100−x ) Si O2 For x = 0. four coordinated Si (Si4) become three coordinate (Si3). constraint counting is applied and can be fit to experimental parameters with good agreement [11-13]. N (O )=x ( 1 ) +( 100−x)( 2) The number of Si3 and Si4 groups sum to the total amount of Si. count the number of oxygen atoms in the network. Si 4 + Si 3=100−x We can also deduce the number of oxygen atoms from the connectivity of each Si unit 4 3 N (O )=2 Si +2. that is a safe assumption [17]. For relatively low values of x. one for each unit of R2O and two for each unit of SiO2. As network modifiers are introduced into the system. the structure consists exclusively of bridging-oxygencontaining SiO4 tetrahedra which lack long range order [11-13]. disorder is introduces into the network by a random bond angle between the tetrahedra.

The random pair model is used here to demonstrate a theoretical binary borate glass calculation.As mentioned earlier.17]. Rmax = K/16 + . Clockwise from K top.5 K≥8. which can be found experimentally using NMR analysis and deviates minimally with experimentation for extreme values of K [12] (refer to Fig.7). Ternary Diagram for Na2O-B2O3-SiO2 system.95R) R ≥ Rmax B4 = Rmax – 0. three and four coordinated Boron units. The Yun-Bray model [17] and random pair model [15] seem to be conventional choices for a mathematical production of network-forming-species ratios. Yun-Bray Prediction of Four Coordinated Boron (N 4) K≤8. 3 N (O )=2 B 4 + B 3=x+ 3(100−x ) 2 B 3+ B 4=2(100−x) Therefore . 6.95R) B4 = R (or . The random pair model uses similar reasoning as before to derive to following concentrations of two. two B4 tetrahedra (this is the only insta Fig 7. There are fewer explanations because the process is similar for SiO 2. Rmax = 1 R ≤ Rmax B4 = R (or .25(R – Rmax)/ (1+K) B4 = 1 Na2O R B2O3 SiO2 Fig 6. which are given in Fig. R ≡ Na/B and K ≡ Si/B. Table 1 shows the YunBray Prediction [17]. The Configurational Units of a Borate Glass. and relies of the knowledge of the possible network forming species of borate systems. Table 1. these systems of glasses are still under study and debate [12.

N ( B 4 )=2 x N ( B 3) =200−2 x And it follows that the number of bridging oxygens must be N ( OB ) =300−2 x And so the total is given by N ( OB + B4 + B3 ) =5−4 x Calculating the fractions of each network-forming species follows. { { { 2x 1 . This implies that for every double B4 unit there are 6 other bonds made with non B 4 units. as shown by the Yun-Bray model. there is one B3.5. ≤∧x ≤ 31−38 x 3 2 3 2 f ( B )= 0.33. which states that NBO can only occur on the three coordinated Boron atoms. ≤∧x ≤ 31−38 x 3 2 . the coordination initially increases. As more network modifiers are added to a borate network.33 point. which states that the only instance of a B4 units is attached at the corner to only one other B 4 unit. Note that it is possible to have concentrations of B4 higher than .∧x ≤ 1 3 18 x−6 1 1 . but at a certain point (x=. ≤∧x ≤ 31−38 x 3 2 4 4−2 x 1 . This is due to random pair model [15] . the network runs out of available space to host B4 units.∧x ≤ 5−4 x 3 f ( B )= 6−8 x 1 1 . The boron anomaly must be part of our theoretical considerations [3.∧x ≤ 5−4 x 3 f ( B )= 10−20 x 1 1 . due to B3 to B4 modifications. or for every B4 unit.33 critical value (the derivations are left as exercises for the reader).33). the further addition of network modifying cations transform B 3 species into B2 which is a three-coordinated boron atom with two BOs and one NBO. this occurs when there are the same number of B 3 units as there are B4 units. This leads to the follows piecewise equations crossing the x = . After the x=.16]. This is again due to random pair model theory. The existence on NBOs must be considered for x ≥.

P. so counting the α constraints on the oxygens alone will account for every linear constraint.4. 106. Gupta. 2. Allan.K. Angular constraints are counted using B2. Mauro. B3 and B 4 units. Hence the average number of constraints is n ( x )=2 (3−2 x )+ f ( B2 )+3 f ( B 3 ) +5 f ( B4 ) Now linearization of some arbitrary property A can be used to predict the compositional dependence property A.∧x ≤ 5−4 x 3 f ( O )= 21−28 x 1 1 . and would perhaps be the subject of future reports.” J. Acad. respectively.” Proc.S.{ 3−2 x 1 . Y. 094503 (2009). J.A. Ellison. P. U.J. J. Yue.. Linearization of A: A ( x) = Where dA (n ( x )−n crit ) dn dA dn is determined empirically and ncrit is chosen to be in the Boolchand intermediate phase. These methods are verified experimentally by Smedskjaer [11-13]. References 1. The number of α constraints is not affected by the BO/NBO properties of the oxygen.C. We will start by counting the number of α constraints. A. having one. “Composition Dependence of Glass Transition Temperature and Fragility.C Mauro.K. 19780-84 (2009). A Topological Model incorporating Temperature Dependent Constraints. Sci. 130. Topological Prediction of Mechanical Properties Now that the fractions of each network forming species are known as a function of x. I. usually around n = 2. “Viscosity of Glass Forming Liquids. Gupta and D.C. it would be appropriate to use silica network topological calculations.. We first employ constrain counting to find the average number of constraints for a given network. Natl. Phys. or x and y as in the Yun-Bray model. Chem. three and five constraints. . Fractional network-forming species of other glass systems (ternary or quaternary) follow similar methods. To do this we recognize that each oxygen is necessarily bonded to two non-oxygen atoms. ≤∧x ≤ 31−38 x 3 2 B For concentrations above x = 0.5.

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