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Usable Glass Strength Coalition Awards Research Grant to Pennsylvania State University
The Usable Glass Strength Coalition (UGSC) today announced the award of $110,000 for a grant to Pennsylvania State University (PSU), University Park, Pennsylvania, to carry out research that aims to improve the understanding of manufactured glass products’ strength properties.
“We are fortunate to be able to fund ground breaking research that is only possible at institutions such as Penn State that have both the facilities and the technical minds capable of solving the fundamental science behind the factors that control the strength of glass,” said Pete McGinnis, UGSC Board Chairman and Glass Science and Technology Leader at Owens Corning.
The research, Controlling and understanding reactive surface sites on multicomponent glasses, will be led by co-principle investigators, Seong H. Kim, PhD, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Carlo Pantano, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering. The aim of the study is to characterize the distribution and chemical nature of reactive surface sites on glass that nucleate strength-controlling defects. As stated in the PSU research abstract, “It is reasonable to expect that the existence and concentration of strength-controlling atomic and nano-scale defect precursors depend on the surface cooling rate and the local atmosphere. These processing variables could provide an effective means to controlling and enhancing the strength of glass through irreversible chemical (or physical) passivation of these defect precursors at the time of their creation.”
“Glass strength is a grand challenge for both industry and academia. It will take time and multiple approaches, but working together we have a chance to meet the challenge, and at the same time, train the next generation of glass scientists and engineers,” said Dr. Pantano.
Under the auspices of the Glass Manufacturing Industry Council (GMIC), the UGSC is a cross industry coalition that serves a mission to advance, develop and promote fundamental, precompetitive research applicable to increasing the strength of glass across all glass sectors (container, flat, specialty, fiber, etc.); to provide an opportunity for glass researchers to develop expertise in areas suitable for industrial applications, and to develop tools and measurement techniques for the advancement of glass science. The Coalition collaboratively funds and guides a research program to allow development and commercialization activities outside the Coalition and apart from the individual participants.
“The fact that the glass manufacturing industry companies have put aside their competitive differences for common benefit and jointly funded fundamental research into glass strength is an encouraging development in our industry,” said Robert Weisenburger Lipetz, Secretary of the UGSC and Executive Director of the GMIC.
Coalitions for conducting basic research are becoming more common, as they leverage resources and share risks across companies for a common purpose. Alone, most companies are unable to fund basic research.
The mission of the Coalition is to place all research results in the public domain and not to seek patent protection. However, Coalition participants have the benefit of having access to the research results prior to the results being made public.
Research is to commence October 1, 2013, with initial funding for one year.
Most glass companies cannot independently support a fundamental research agenda to understand and significantly improve the usable strength of glass. However by working together with pooled funding and shared risk, the opportunity to significantly improve the usable strength of glass is achievable.
An industry driven and supported pre-competitive research program to identify critical parameters for improving the usable strength of glass.
First Access to Research Results:
The mission of the Coalition is to place all research results in the public domain and not to seek patent protection. However, Coalition participants have the substantial benefit of having access to the research results no less than one year prior to the results being made public.
The coalition will focus on “pre-competitive research” with the following key benefits to coalition members:
The Coalition research agenda is comprised of a series of individual, pre-competitive multi-year university research projects. A number of industry and university experts have contributed to the creation of a research strategy, guiding a potential research Request for Proposal which is appended to this document. The research strategy and subsequent RFP will be refined through research council and board process.
Alignment with GMIC:
The Usable Glass Strength Coalition has aligned with the Glass Manufacturing Industry Council (GMIC) as a key strategic partner to leverage their extensive experience and credibility with industry, university and government agencies. The Coalition has been incorporated as a Limited Liability Corporation (LLC), wholly owned by GMIC. Coalition participation is completely independent of the GMIC and does not require GMIC membership.
Coalition participation includes the right to:
Coalition funding is supported through semi-annual payments of annual participation fees. The primary function of the participation fee is to fund university research projects. Initially the research agenda is intended to be wholly funded through the participation fees. However, the long-term vision of the Coalition is to supplement the annual participation fees with financial support from external resources, including but not limited to government agencies.
Participation Fees and Voting Power:
The annual participation fee and voting power is determined on a “sliding scale” based on metrics associated with global annual sales or purchases of the participating company. Companies who join the coalition commit to a minimum of two years participation.
o Gold Member = Number of Members x 0.5 x Silver Level
o Silver Member = Number of Members x 0.5 x Bronze Level
Annual Participation Fee, Participation Level and Voting Power
Participation is open to all companies, industry consortia and universities, regardless of country of origin. Participation may be restricted by country due to legislative restrictions established by The State of Ohio (UGSC state of incorporation) and/or The United States of America.
Current participation, 6 organizations have signed participation agreements.
Each participating organization appointed a representative to serve on the board of directors and a representative to serve on the research council.
Other prominent industry organizations are actively exploring participation. Commitments from additional coalition participants are anticipated in the near future.
Inaugural board meeting was held January 17-18, 2013
Inaugural meeting of research council held March 21, 2013
Annual board meeting held June 20-21, 2013.
Request for Research Proposals sent in March 2013. Thirteen research institutions submitted research proposals.
Meeting of Research Council June 19, 2013 made recommendations on research contract recipient.
October 2, 2013. Announced award of $110,000 for a grant to Pennsylvania State University (PSU), University Park, Pennsylvania, to carry out research that aims to improve the understanding of manufactured glass products’ strength properties. The research, Controlling and understanding reactive surface sites on multicomponent glasses, will be led by principle investigator, Seong H. Kim, PhD, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at PSU. The aim of the study is to characterize the distribution and chemical nature of reactive surface sites on glass that nucleate strength-controlling defects. As stated in the PSU research abstract, “It is reasonable to expect that the existence and concentration of strength-controlling atomic and nano-scale defect precursors depend on the surface cooling rate and the local atmosphere. These processing variables could provide an effective means to controlling and enhancing the strength of glass through irreversible chemical (or physical) passivation of these defect precursors at time of their creation.”
For more information contact:
UGSC Board Chairman
Peter B. McGinnis, PhD
Global Leader of Glass Science and Technology
Owens Corning Composites Solutions Business
2790 Columbus Road
Granville, Ohio 43023
United States of America
UGSC Secretary and Administrator
Robert Weisenburger Lipetz, MBA
Glass Manufacturing Industry Council
600 N. Cleveland Ave., Suite 210
Westerville, OH 43082
United States of America
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