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Challenge Vacuum Sealing Technology for Window Glazing
Vacuum Sealing Technology for Window Glazing
STATUS: Awarded
Active Solvers: 270
Posted: Jan 15 2015
Challenge ID: 9933308
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The Seeker is looking for a method to produce a vacuum-tight seal between two closely spaced panes of glass with particular attention to the management of the thermal expansion in the corner area of the seal. 

This Challenge requires only a written proposal.


Highly insulated glazing – the glass in windows – is a trend in the glazing industry to help reduce energy transfer through windows.  Vacuum glazing, wherein the space between panes of glass is evacuated to reduce thermal conductivity, is one technology that achieves high insulation performance but it relies on creating a vacuum-tight seal between the panes of glass and this can be problematic.  The Seeker is searching for a method to produce vacuum-tight seals between two closely spaced panes of glass, with particular attention paid to the management of the thermal expansion in the corner areas of the seal. 

This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted.  The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker. 

To receive an award, the Solvers will have to transfer to the Seeker their exclusive Intellectual Property (IP) rights to the solution.

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