Insight into the structure-elastic property relationship of calcium silicate glasses: a multi-length scale approach

M Naji and O El Kssiri and S Ory and A Canizares and M Filali and P Simon and A Faik and Y Vaills, PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 23, 17973-17983 (2021).

DOI: 10.1039/d1cp02398e

Based on a combination of molecular dynamics simulations, and Raman and Brillouin light scattering spectroscopies, we investigate the structure and elastic properties relationship in an archetypical calcium silicate glass system. From molecular dynamics and Raman spectroscopy, we show that the atomic structure at the short and intermediate length scales is made up of long polymerized silicate chains, which adjusts itself by closing the Si-O-Si angles and leaving more space to CaO(n) edge shared polyhedra to strengthen the glass. Using Brillouin spectroscopy, we observe an increase of elastic constants of the glass with the calcium content, as the cohesion of the glass structure is enhanced through an increase of the binding between the cross-linked calcium- silicate frameworks. This result, albeit being simple in its nature, illustrates for the first time the implication of the calcium framework in the elastic behavior of the glass and will contribute substantially to the understanding of the composition-structure-property relationships in multi-component industrial glasses.

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