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Mechanical and Optical Properties of Ion-exchange Strengthened Glass Coated with Sol-Gel Derived ZrO2-SiO2 Film

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Author(s): ZHANG He, ZHOU Jue-Hui, ZHANG Qi-Long, YANG Hui

Journal: Journal of Inorganic Materials
ISSN 1000-324X

Volume: 28;
Issue: 7;
Start page: 785;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: ion-exchange glass; Sol-Gel; ZrO2-SiO2 film; nanoindentation

ABSTRACT
ZrO2-SiO2 films of different SiO2 content were deposited on soda-lime glass substrates through a Sol-Gel process, which was followed by an ion-exchange strengthening process. Phase presents, surface morphology and ion-exchange depth were determined by X-ray diffractometer, scanning electron microscope and energy dispersive spectrometer analysis, respectively. The mechanical and optical properties of coated glass were studied. Homogeneous, continuous and dense films are obtained. Pure ZrO2 film belongs to tetragonal structure, while other films with SiO2 have an amorphous structure. ZrO2-SiO2 films with high ratio (H/E≥0.1) and elastic recovery (We≥60%) were thought to be favourable bending strength. Light transmittance increased, while hardness and Young’s modulus decreased with the increasing SiO2 content in films. Typically, chemical strengthened 0.5ZrO2-0.5SiO2 film coated glass exhibited high bending strength of 393 MPa and high hardness of 18 GPa, and a negligible optical loss in visible region for thin thickness (~45 nm).

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