TC28: Glass fibres for reinforcement and insulation

The Technical Committee on “Glass Fibers for Reinforcement and Insulation” was established in 2016 and officially approved by ICG in 2017. With an increase of the demand for protecting our climate, glass fibers are playing an increasingly important role, specifically in light vehicle, lightweight structure, renewable energy production, thermal insulation, etc., all of which contribute either to energy generation or to energy saving. Considering that fiber glass is far from equilibrium state and is greatly different from bulk glass in many ways, there are still many scientific problems to be addressed. There are varieties of glass fibers for a wide range of applications; however, at present, this committee focuses on the glass fibers for reinforcement and insulations. As science involved in glass fiber is a highly interdisciplinary field, this committee is composed of experts with different scientific and technological backgrounds. The committee aims at promoting scientific and technology exchanges and collaborations between academy and industry by organizing seminars/workshops/symposia. The committee will be an ideal platform for addressing current challenges in fiber glass science and technology. Furthermore, the committee will collaborate with other technical committees.

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The working scope of this committee is summarised below. To achieve these goals, several immediate activities has been planned.

This committee will examine all aspects of fibres excluding functional fibres. In particular it will include:

  1. fibre drawing
  2. reinforcement fibre
  3. insulating wool fibre
  4. fibre spinning

Specific areas of study will be:

Part A: Alternative raw materials; energy consumption and emission control
Part B: Viscosity & liquidus temperature; fiber spinnability; crystallisation; high temperature stability; sub Tg relaxation; fibre structure-property relations; structural heterogeneity and defects; surface chemistry; fibre surface interaction with sizing
Part C: Molecular dynamics simulation; fiber forming modelling; thermochemical modelling; composition design
Part D: Fiber strength; electrical properties; thermal conductivity; biopersistence; biosolubility; properties of composite; recylcing and recovery of fibres
Part E: Experimental techniques; new fiberising technologies; sensors for fibre forming process

Activity plan:

  1. Book to be published by Springer in 2019: Fiberglass Science and Technology: Chemistry, Processing, Characterization, Applications and Sustainability (international contributions)
  2. Fiber session has been programed for the 11th Advances in Fusion and Processing of Glass Symposium in Columbus OH (Nov 2017).
  3. ICG Annual Meeting 2018 in Japan – Fiber symposium in the early preparation
  4. ICG Congress 2019 in US - Fiber symposium in the early preparation
  5. Two chapters about glass fibers to be published in Encyclopedia of Glass Science, Technology, History and Culture: Chapter “Stone and Glass Wool” by Y.Z. Yue and M. Solvang; Chapter “Continuous Glass Fibers for Reinforcement” by H. Li and J.C. Watson


Book publication (2017):

Qun Zu and Qian Zhao (ed) High Performance Glass Fiber (in Chinese), National Defense Industry Press (China) 2017

Technical papers on fiber glass (2017):

  1. Q. Zu, et. al. “Compositional Effects on Mechanical Properties, Viscosity, and Crystallization of (Li2O, B2O3, MgO)-Al2O3-SiO2 Glasses,” J. Alloys & Comp. 728 (2017) 552-563.
  2. H. Li, et. al. “Composite Reinforcement: Recent Development of Continuous Glass Fibers,” Int. J. Appl. Glass Sci. 8 (2017) 23 – 36.
  3. Y.Z. Yue and Qiuju Zheng, “Fiber Spinnability of Glass Melts,” Int. J. Appl. Glass Sci. 8 (2017) 37-47.
  4. Y.F. Zhang, D.H. Zhao and Y.Z. Yue: “Phase Transitions and Glass Transition in a Hyperquenched Silica–Alumina Glass,” J. Am. Ceram. Soc. 100 (2017) 3434–3439.
  5. Y. F. Zhang, Y. Vulfson, Q. J. Zheng, J. W. Luo, S. H. Kim and Y. Z. Yue: “Impact of fiberizing method on physical properties of glass wool fibers”, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids 476 (2017) 122-127.
  6. K.L. Kuzmin, S.I. Gutnikov, E.S. Zhukovskaya, B.I. Lazoryak, “Basaltic glass fibers with advanced mechanical properties”, Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids 476 (2017) 144-150.

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Blanc, Wilfried
Choudhary, Manoj
Conradt, Reinhard
Dimitri, Laurent
Gutnikov, Sergey
Gy, Rene
Hand, Russell
Hubert, Mathieu
Konig, Jakob
Li, Hong Committee Position: Vice Chair
Mauro, John
Neuville, D.
Prange, Andreas
Solvang, Mette
Tao, Haizheng
Thomason, James
Vulfson, Yuri
Woltz, Sebastian
Xie, Jun
Yokota, Yuki
Yue, Yuanzheng Committee Position: Chair
Zhang, Yanfei
Zhao, Donghui
Zheng, Qiuju
Zu, Qun Committee Position: Secretary

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TC28: Glass fibres for reinforcement and insulation
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