The Definitive eBook on The Thermal, Optical, and Mechanical Properties of Glass

The Properties of Glass eBook

Designing a glass lens, filter, or component? Not sure how to best meet your performance requirements? Our comprehensive eBook on the properties of glass can help you.   Glass is a unique and complex material—much different than other transparent materials; if you’re new to designing glass lenses, it can be an intimidating challenge. You’re probably wondering why…


The Clear Choice: How to Choose the Best Transparent Material

Transparent Material Comparison, Silicone, Glass, Polycarbonate

There are many transparent materials out there for you to consider when designing a lens for a lighting application. Take a look at the image above; these different transparent materials all look fairly similar don’t they? You may be asking yourself “What makes glasses and plastics so different? Which material is right for my lens?”…


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

Mechanical Properties of Glass

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…


Glass Abrasion Resistance Ensures Consistent Light Transmission

Borosilicate glass resists abrasion in harsh abrasive environments

  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…