Glass, a special kind of metal from which many useful things can be made. We are surrounded by things made of glass, whether it be the glass windows of our house, the windshield of our car, the showcase of our house or our mirror in which we see the reflection of ourselves. Despite having so much available around us, many of us are unaware of how glass is made, and where from it came the very first time. So let’s know everything important about glass and start it by knowing how glass is made…
How Glass is Made
Glass is an amorphous solid. The glass is usually brittle and often optically transparent. Glass is a transparent or opaque material made of inorganic materials, from which many other things are produced. The invention of glass was a huge event for the world and glass has great importance in today’s scientific progress.
Only a very few people know this and you may be also surprised to know that glass is made of sand because the most important material for making glass is silica, which is an integral part of sand.
Silica is found in free state in nature and is also found as silicate compounds. Silica is most commonly found in quartz form. Now this question will definitely be in your mind that, which type of sand is suitable for making glass, is it the exact sand that we see around us, or any special sand? So the most suitable sand for making glass is one in which the silica content is at least 99 percent and iron as ferric oxide (Fe2O3) is less than 0.1 percent. The sand particles should also be 0.5–0.25 millimeters in diameter. Sand is also washed by water to produce good glass.
To make a glass, the sand and some other material are melted in a furnace at about 1500 degrees Celsius and then after melting perfectly, the molten glass is poured into the grooves, so we can make our desired things. This process looks quite simple, but to make glass you must be proficient in this process.
The most common glass is soda-lime glass which has been used for centuries to make windows and glass glasses etc. The soda-lime glass contains approximately 75% silica (SiO2), sodium oxide (Na2O) and lime (CaO) and many other substances in small quantities.
It is also very important to have some alkaline substances like sodium carbonate for making normal glass. With this mixture, the liquid content is reduced and the fluidization process becomes simple. The glass that is formed by the dissolution of these two substances is known as water glass because it is water-soluble. To make the glass permanent, some type of dibasic oxides such as calcium oxide (lime) or sis oxide also has to be added. Each substance produces certain properties in glass and keeping these properties in mind, mixtures of glass are made.
History Of Glass
Although there is no complete evidence that shows how and when the glass was first discovered but according to some old saying, Humans came to know about glass when some traders placed food vessels on clay slopes on the coastline of Phineasia in Syria. When the fire ignited, they saw a stream of liquefied glass flowing. This glass was formed by the combination of sand and Shore.
Historically, the first method of producing a glass-like glow on utensils was invented in Mesopotamia (Iraq) about 12,000 years before Christ. The earliest glass found in Egypt in the form of molded amulets believed to be 7,000 years before Christ.
With the passage of time, the manufacture of different types of glass in each country progressed with its requirements and scientific advancement. England, France, Germany and the United States owe a lot of credit for the modern growth of the glass industry.
So hopefully, now you know everything about glass such as how glass is made or the history of glass but still, if you have any questions in your mind you can ask us in the comments section.