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Spotlight on: Bottle Breakage 101

Have you ever been tasked with figuring out why a glass container broke, and you didn’t know where to start? If so, we hope you will join our e-seminar, “Spotlight on: Bottle Breakage 101” 

American Glass Research (AGR) has been conducting fracture analysis seminars for over 80 years. With budgets and travel still restricted, AGR has constructed a brand-new e-seminar to introduce the fundamental concepts of fracture analysis to employees of glass manufacturers, fillers, and distributors. This course  is also an ideal refresher for past in-person Fracture 1 participants.

Through 17 individual modules of instruction, we will relate glass properties such as elasticity and strength to the conditions required for glass breakage. Sources and responses to the four most common loads affecting glass containers will be explored – including internal pressure, vertical load, impacts, and thermal shock. Fracture surface markings, breaking stress evaluation, and fracture patterns will be explained in a dynamic visual format, culminating in a case study showing how to perform a fracture analysis from start to finish.

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Topics to be covered

  • Glass material properties

  • Relationship between loads and stress in glass bottles

  • General principles of fracture analysis

  • Fracture surface markings

  • Fracture patterns of the four primary loads

  • Fracture analysis case study

Webinar Instructor

AGR Director of Research

Bill Slusser

Bill has been with American Glass Research since 1998 following 8 years as a Research Engineer with Harbison-Walker Refractories. His principle areas of responsibility include operational management of the testing laboratory. This includes project scheduling, laboratory equipment and workforce performance and coordination of customer communications. In addition, his background includes expertise in qualification and proof-of-design testing projects as well as fracture diagnosis. He is a principal instructor for the fracture seminars, design seminars and pharmaceutical seminars. He has been issued a U.S. Patent and he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Ceramic Engineering from Alfred University.

Senior Scientist

Brandon Aldinger

Brandon joined American Glass Research in 2015, where his areas of responsibility include fracture diagnosis, stone identification, pharmaceutical services, and internal research. He has published multiple technical papers on the optical and mechanical testing of laminated glass systems and on the surface chemistry of silicon. Brandon obtained his B.S. in Chemistry at Penn State University and went on to earn his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Cornell University. Previously, he spent five years as the Materials Scientist at Ibis Tek, LLC, where he designed bullet-resistant glass products and supervised an ISO 17025-certified testing laboratory.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Section 1

    • Outline

    • Introduction

    • Loads

    • Stresses

    • Glass Strength

    • Stress Concentrators

    • Fracture Principles

    • Bottle Breakage 101 Quiz 1

  • 2

    Session 2

    • Surface Markings

    • Internal Pressure

    • Vertical Load

    • Impact

    • Thermal Shock

    • Case Study

    • Summary

    • Bottle Breakge 101 Quiz 2

  • 3

    AGR Survey

    • AGR Survey

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