Custom Glass Formulations Tailored to Client Requirements Developed by Goodfellow Ceramic & Glass Division

Background

Goodfellow Ceramic & Glass Division are an award-winning company who supply specialist glass and ceramics for scientific and industrial use.

Goodfellow Ceramic & Glass Division aim is to understand your application and then supply the most appropriate materials or components to meet your needs.

Our technical staff are qualified in glass technology and materials science and can, therefore, provide impartial advice and full technical support for your projects.

Case Study - Custom Glass Formulation

Looking for the solution to a difficult engineering problem and needing a specially formulated glass? This was one such issue faced by a customer of Goodfellow Ceramic & Glass Division. This particular customer’s early research had been based around using commercially available types of glass. However, it was felt that a new glass could be developed with better specific properties.

Developing a Custom Glass Formulation to Suit Client Requirements

Goodfellow Ceramic & Glass Division started by working with a glass research group, to develop a range of glass formulations with the desired properties that were considered to be worth evaluating. The list of formulations initially identified were then refined in terms of their ease of manufacturing, for subsequent machining operations and the ability to scale up to mass production volumes. After trials on these prototype formulations were completed the most suitable glass formulation with the best balance between preferred properties and reliability of production was selected. The successful glass formulation was then processed into mass production volumes and finished components machined from the glass blanks.

Figure 1. Experimental glass formulation.

Summary

This novel new glass formulation offered significantly better properties than existing commercially available glass materials, whilst also being economically viable in mass produced volumes.

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