Why Glass Matters: 3 Things You Might Not Know About Glass

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Why Glass Matters: 3 Things You Might Not Know About Glass

Why Glass Matters: 3 Things You Might Not Know About Glass

buildingThe strength of glass offers endless benefits to humans, such as a protection from external elements. The transparency of the material, on the other hand, allows light to pass through—letting light reach otherwise gloomy areas of your house. With all the benefits you get from using glass materials, there are some things you might not know about this type of material.

Here are three things you may not know about glass:

1. Using glass can make your house seem larger.

The secret to opening up space in your home–or making it seem more spacious–is eliminating visual obstructions by replacing them with glass, according to Perth City Glass. Your solid walls, fences and partitions are forms of enclosure that limit movements around the house, and disrupt the design flow. You can avoid this by installing glass fences or screens. These alternative setups provide superb protection while creating the illusion of space.

2. Glass is not a liquid at all.

There are misconceptions that a glass material is composed of liquid particles. In reality, glass is not a liquid. It is a special kind known as an amorphous solid, a state of matter where the atoms and molecules are locked into place. The molecules arrange themselves randomly instead of forming neat and orderly crystals. With this, glass becomes mechanically rigid like solids while characterized by the messy arrangement of molecules like liquids.

3. Tiny cracks toughen up glass.

Glass with intricately etched micropatterns is found to be tougher than regular glass, according to a report by Francois Barthelat and his colleagues. With these kind of structures, “cracks are unable to spread rapidly because they are forced to travel along interlocking channels that are criss-crossed by proteins holding the structure.” In fact, glass which is as brittle as the enamel on your teeth can be built to last a lifetime. Even with tiny cracks, glass can withstand a lot of pressure.

Glass plays an important role in our households, cars, and other belongings. Understanding glass lets you see it through another perspective and with higher regard. Where you used to doubt the wisdom of using it for partitions and other uses in your home, you now find renewed confidence in this unassuming material.

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Christina Bowman is a sociologist who worked as a reporter at a local news outfit in Chicago. She is a frequent flyer and has been to Mongolia, Philippines, Tanzania, and the UK.
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