Composition-structure-properties relationship of lithium-calcium borosilicate glasses studied by molecular dynamics simulation
YT Shih and JH Jean, CERAMICS INTERNATIONAL, 44, 11554-11561 (2018).
The composition-structure-properties relationship of the lithium-calcium borosilicate (LCBS) glasses, which have a composition of 0.4(l-x)Li2O- xCaO-0.6(l-y)B2O3-ySiO(2) with x in the range of 0-1 and y in the range of 0.33-0.83, is investigated by the molecular dynamics (MD) simulation with the Buckingham potential. The structure of the silicon- oxygen tetrahedron is relatively independent of the glass compositions; however, the structure of the boron-oxygen polyhedron and the local environment around the modifier cations change significantly with increasing SiO2/B2O3 ratio (K) and CaO content. The relationships between glass composition and simulated linear thermal expansion coefficient (alpha(L)), glass transition temperature (T-g), self- diffusivity (D), activation energy of electrical conductivity (Ea(sigma)) and fragility (m) are strongly affected by the change of glass network structure, and consistent with those of experimental results.
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