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Old window made from soda-lime flat glass, Jena, Germany. Interesting are the distorted reflections of a tree that give an indication that the flat glass was possibly not made by the float glass process.

Soda-lime glass, also called soda-lime-silica glass, is the most prevalent type of glass, used for windowpanes, and glass containers (bottles and jars) for beverages, food, and some commodity items. Glass bakeware is often made of tempered soda-lime glass.[1]

Soda-lime glass is prepared by melting the raw materials, such as sodium carbonate (soda), limestone, dolomite, silicon dioxide (silica), aluminium oxide (alumina), and small quantities of fining agents (e.g., sodium sulfate, sodium chloride) in a glass furnace at temperatures locally up to 1675°C.[2] The temperature is only limited by the quality of the furnace superstructure material and by the glass composition. Green and brown bottles are obtained from raw materials containing iron oxide. Relatively inexpensive minerals such as trona, sand, and feldspar are used instead of pure chemicals. The mix of raw materials is termed batch.

Soda-lime glass is divided technically into glass used for windows, called float glass or flat glass, and glass for containers, called container glass. Both types differ in the application, production method (float process for windows, blowing and pressing for containers), and chemical composition (see table below). Float glass has a higher magnesium oxide and sodium oxide content as compared to container glass, and a lower silica, calcium oxide, and aluminium oxide content.[3] From this follows a slightly higher quality of container glass concerning the chemical durability against water (see table), which is required especially for storage of beverages and food.

Typical compositions and properties

The following table lists some physical properties soda-lime glasses. Unless otherwise stated, the glass compositions and many experimentally determined properties are taken from one large study.[3] Those values marked in italic font have been interpolated from similar glass compositions (see calculation of glass properties) due to the lack of experimental data.

Typical transmission spectrum[4]
Properties Soda-lime glass
for containers
Soda-lime glass
for windows
74 SiO2, 13 Na2O,
10.5 CaO, 1.3 Al2O3,
0.3 K2O, 0.2 SO3,
0.2 MgO, 0.01 TiO2,
0.04 Fe2O3
73 SiO2, 14 Na2O,
9 CaO, 0.15 Al2O3,
0.03 K2O, 4 MgO,
0.02 TiO2, 0.1 Fe2O3
log(η, Pa·s) = A +
B / (T in °C - To)
A = -2.309
B = 3922
To = 291
A = -2.585
B = 4215
To = 263
Glass transition
temperature, Tg, °C
573 564
Coefficient of
thermal expansion,
ppm/K, ~100-300°C
9 9.5
at 20°C, g/cm3
2.52 2.53
Refractive index
nD at 20°C
1.518 1.520
Dispersion at 20°C,
86.7 87.7
Young's modulus
at 20°C, GPa
72 74
Shear modulus
at 20°C, GPa
29.8 29.8
temperature, °C
1040 1000
capacity at 20°C,
49 48
Surface tension,
at ~1300°C, mJ/m2
Chemical durability,
Hydrolytic class,
after ISO 719[5]
3 3...4
Critical stress
intensity factor[6],
(KIC), MPa.m0.5
? 0.75

See also


  1. ^ "Pyrex Manufacturing History". World Kitchen Inc. Retrieved 2009-06-09.  
  2. ^ B. H. W. S. de Jong, "Glass"; in "Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry"; 5th edition, vol. A12, VCH Publishers, Weinheim, Germany, 1989, ISBN 3-527-20112-5, p 365-432.
  3. ^ a b "High temperature glass melt property database for process modeling"; Eds.: Thomas P. Seward III and Terese Vascott; The American Ceramic Society, Westerville, Ohio, 2005, ISBN 1-57498-225-7
  4. ^ "Transmission Curves - Soda Lime, Borosilicate, UV Glasses & Sapphire". Sinclair Manufacturing Company. Retrieved 2009-12-11.  
  5. ^ International Organization for Standardization, Procedure 719 (1985)
  6. ^ Wiederhorn, S.M. (1969). "Fracture stress energy of glass". Journal of the American Ceramic Society 52 (2): 99–105.  
  7. ^ Gondret, P.; M. Lance and L. Petit (2002). "Bouncing Motion of Spherical Particles in Fluids". Physics of Fluids 14 (2): 643–652.  
  8. ^ Janssen, L.P.B.M., Warmoeskerken, M.M.C.G., 2006. Transport phenomena data companion. Delft: VVSD.



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