George Quinn1 Jeffrey Swab2

1, Materials Measurement Science Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States
2, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, United States

The fracture toughness of eight glasses was measured by the surface crack in flexure (SCF) and single-edged precracked beam (SEPB) methods. These include four soda lime silicas including a common plate glass form, two low iron modern forms, and one ancient Roman glass, a fused silica, a borosilicate crown (BK-7) optical glass, and two other borosilicate glasses for armor applications. The historical soda lime silica glass was made in an ancient Roman glass factory that operated in Palestine until 383 AD. This glass was exposed to the environment for almost sixteen centuries. The two SCF and SEPB methods have different susceptibilities to environmentally-assisted slow crack growth, that can be a major interference in measuring fracture toughness in ambient testing environments. A new definition for fracture toughness of glasses is proposed.