Mechanical Properties of Glass

Mechanical Properties of Glass: Design to Survive Stress, Impact, and Abrasion

When designing a lens for a harsh environment, you need to choose a material that is resistant to pressure, abrasion, and impact. Some applications, such as exterior aircraft lighting, can push a material to its limits. Exterior aircraft lenses are exposed to smog, dust, and other air pollutants at very high speeds; the resulting impacts…

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Optical Properties of Glass

Optical Properties of Glass: How Light and Glass Interact

This is the second article in a three-part series that reviews the thermal, optical, and mechanical properties of glass. We will define common glass properties and explain their application and importance in component design. We often hear from engineers who are evaluating the impact of a design change from one lens material to another. For…

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Glass Thermal Properties and Their Role in Product Design

This is the first article in a three-part series that reviews the thermal, optical, and mechanical properties of glass. We will define common glass properties and explain their application and importance in component design. It is critical to have a thorough understanding of glass thermal properties when designing with a glass lens or filter. When exposed…

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Glass types compositions

3 Common Glass Types: Properties and Applications

Glass is an immensely versatile material; it is used every day in numerous applications, many that most of us are not even aware of. We use it to drink beverages, to store food, and as windows in our homes and automobiles but glass is also used in many unseen applications. For instance, glass components are…

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Borosilicate glass resists abrasion in harsh abrasive environments

Glass Abrasion Resistance Ensures Consistent Light Transmission

  Exterior lights, whether on a jet, runway, or cell phone tower, must live up to high expectations. They alert pilots of obstacles and safely guide them to the runway. It’s critical that the light system provide consistent transmission through normal and adverse conditions. Exterior lights are exposed to harsh conditions like heavy smog, acid…

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