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Borosilicate Glass

Information, properties and data for borosilicate glass

Borosilicate glass is produced mainly using silica and boron oxide. Borosilicate glasses are known for having very low coefficients of thermal expansion (~3 x 10−6 /°C at 20°C), and this makes it resistant to thermal shock, much more than any other common glass. Common glass is used in applications less subject to thermal stress, for reagent bottles and some microscope slides. See also

Borosilicate glass is highly resistant to water, neutral and acid solutions, concentrated acids and acid mixtures, and to chlorine, bromine, iodine and organic substances. Its chemical resistance is superior to that of most metals and other materials, even during prolonged periods of exposure and at temperatures above 100°C.

Only hydrofluoric acid, concentrated phosphoric acid and strong alkali cause appreciable surface removal of the glass (glass corrosion) at elevated temperatures (>100°C).

Chemical composition

Borosilicate glass has the following approximate composition (%)


Chemical resistance

Hydrolytic resistance class (DIN ISO 719)class 1
Acid class (DIN 12 116)class 1
Alkali class (DIN ISO 695)class 2

Physical data

Coefficient of mean linear thermal expansion α (20°C; 300°C)
acc. to DIN ISO 7991
3.3 x 10?6 K?1
Transformation temperature T g525°C
Temperature of the Glass at viscosity η in dPa x s:
1013 (annealing point)

107.6 (softening point)825°C
104 (working point)1260°C
Maximum short?time working temperature500°C
Density ρ at 25°C2,23 g x cm?3
Modulus of elasticity E (Young's modulus)64 x 103N x mm?2
Poisson's ratio µ0,20
Thermal conductivity λw at 90 °C1,2 W x m?1 x K?1
Temperature for the specific electrical resistance of 108 Ω x cm
(DIN 52 326) t k 100
Logarithm of the electrical volume resistance (Ω x cm)at 250°C 8/at 350°C 6,5
Dielectrical properties (I MHz, 25°C) Dielectric constant ε4,6
Dielectric loss factor tan δ37 x 10 ?4
Refractive index(λ = 587.6 nm) nd1,473
Stress?optical coefficient (DIN 52 314) K4,0 x 10?6 mm² x N?1

Optical properties

In the spectral range from about 310 to 2200 nm the absorption is negligible. It is clear and colourless. Viewed through a great thicknesses, such as an axial view through pipes, then brosilicate glass appear slightly yellow/greenish.

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