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Transparent Aluminum: farewell to glass

 

The metal can be transparent. This is not a dream of science fiction. Metal three times stronger than steel, yet transparent is a reality. The first samples of this miracle were received by German scientists from the Laboratory of Physics of Fraunhofer.
Technology of its production is in the sintering of tiny particles of aluminum at high temperatures. Choose the right size of the particles, we can achieve the high transparency of the material. To improve the optical properties in the sintering process can be added to the rare-earth additives.

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Scientists predict a great future transparent aluminum. High strength and transparency can be very useful in the construction of skyscrapers and aircraft. Space agencies are also showing great interest in the new material in the long term it can be widely used in the construction of space stations, removing the restriction on the area of ​​the windows, which is now applied strength characteristics of glass.