Glass - Back to the Future!

Presenting Author:
Khouler Khan

article posted 18 May 2016/em>

Khouler Khan received a B.Sc. Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of the West Indies, Trinidad in 2003. He obtained and M.Sc. in Nano-electronics and mechanics from the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom in 2009 He was awarded his Ph.D. at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom. In 2004 he joined the Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago in Trinidad as an Engineer and has worked on many large and small scale industrial projects in the Oil and Gas field. He now specializes in using his engineering skill set to build innovative automated system solutions to improve the manufacturing of high purity infrared transmitting materials. Khouler has made significant progress on improving the quality and production methods of infrared materials at the Optoelectronics Research Centre under the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Photonics. He is now a research fellow on the EPSRC Chalcogenide Amorphous Manufacturing Paternership (ChAMP) continuing to develop high purity systems for manufacturing chalcogenide.

Intelligent manufacturing of bulk chalcogenide glass

Khouler Khan*, Christopher Craig, Paul Bastock, Andrea Ravagli, Edwin Weatherby, Glen Topley, Behrad Gholipor, Daniel W. Hewak
Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK

Commercial manufacture of chalcogenide bulk glass is made predominantly by the sealed ampoule method. Various processing steps have been used to purify the raw materials and glasses during melting. These include getters, reactive gasses and dynamic distillation. Despite these advances the field of glassmaking, particularly in the research lab, has not seen similar improvements through the use of automation technology. This paper details our development of glass manufacturing equipment with increased automation and monitoring in the glassmaking process in real time. Also discussed is the benefits of system automation in areas such as glass repeatability, high purity and process knowledge for improved glass making.