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Borosilicate Glass Solves Safety Problem in Lighting the Chunnel

:: Wednesday, June 6, 2018 :: Posted By Allen Zheng
Borosilicate Glass Solves Safety Problem in Lighting the Chunnel
Few engineering challenges are as tricky as those that were met during the construction of the Channel Tunnel between England and France. Fortunately, the properties of borosilicate glass provided a solution to one of the most important issues: Lighting.

Boric Oxide for Insulation Fiberglass

:: Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Boric Oxide for Insulation Fiberglass
Boric oxide is widely used in fiberglass formulations because it has remarkable and relevant glass-forming, fluxing, and viscosity-lowering properties. Learn why manufacturers use boric oxide in insulation fiberglass. 

Borosilicate Glass: How U.S. Borax Helped Develop the Glass Industry

:: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 :: Posted By Allen Zheng
Borosilicate Glass: How U.S. Borax Helped Develop the Glass Industry
Borates are essential in glassmaking for increasing thermal shock resistance, durability, and appearance of finished products. The development of borosilicate glass has had long history. 

Faster Firing Glazes: Borates in Ceramics

:: Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Faster Firing Glazes: Borates in Ceramics
Ceramics are one of the oldest human technologies—and one that has seen ongoing innovation over the centuries. We work with the global ceramics industry to maximize the benefits imparted by borates. 

Vitreous Virtues

:: Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Vitreous Virtues
Vitreous enameling—the fusing of a thin layer of glass to a metal base—is virtually impossible to achieve on large areas unless the glass has a high (up to 25%) boric oxide content. Learn how manufacturers are rediscovering the versatility of this virtuous process. 
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