Types of Glass
Glasses may be devised to meet almost any imaginable requirement. There are many different types of glass with different chemical and physical properties and each can be made by a suitable adjustment to chemical compositions. For many specialised applications in chemistry, pharmacy, the electrical and electronics industries, optics, the construction and lighting industries, glass, or the comparatively new family of materials known as glass ceramics, may be the only practical material for the engineer to use.
The main types of glass include:
Types of special glass include:
- Alkali-barium Silicate Glass
- Aluminosilicate Glass
- Glass Ceramics
- Optical Glass
- Sealing Glass
- Technical Glass
- Vitreous Silica
To learn how glasses are manufactured and formed into the products and items that we all use throughout our daily lives, please visit our glass manufacturing section.
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Many glass making terms have entered the language: 'Shut yer gob': a molten lump of glass is called a 'gob' to which the glass blower attached a tube to blow the glass into shape. The blower had to blow hard which made his cheeks very large. Today someone with a big mouth is told they have a big gob.