What is a Monolithic Glass? This question may arise from various reasons, one of which is that you might be wondering about the purpose of a Viracon crystal. It is generally explained as a single lumen of glass, hence, monolithic. However, this does not mean that each and every facet of the crystal is made up of only one piece of glass. Rather, it is comprised of a number of limes of glass, or glass pieces, which are fused together in order to form a unitary piece of crystal.Like most of the leading residential and commercial glass producers, Viracon uses single-crystal laminated glass for most of its products. The use of monolithic glass is due to its ability to maintain its integrity even under extreme conditions, including high heat, force, and pressure.
As compared to most other types of structural glass, it is also capable of resisting corrosion. Because of these qualities, monolithic glass has been commonly used as the primary material in the manufacturing of architectural glass. As a matter of fact, Viracon,s primary competitor is likely the American SIDEL Company, which produces float glass products. In addition, the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have started using monolithic glass in its space missions due to its strength and resistance to extreme temperatures. Moreover, the United Kingdom,s Acorn Engineering also uses this type of glass in its space vehicles.
Since the strength and durability of monolithic glass products are beyond any other common glass, many engineers and scientists consider it as a promising substitute for traditional float glass or laminated glass products. So, what makes monolithic glass so special? Unlike laminated and float glass, it doesn,t require thermal insulation. As a result, it is highly preferable for use as safety glass, as it can withstand extremely high temperatures and is not prone to shattering.
Aside from its highly superior performance and unique properties, monolithic glass is also very convenient to install. It is more convenient compared to annealed andthermal double-walled windows. For one thing, it does not need to be aligned in a precise direction. Unlike annealed glass which must be positioned within a perfectly square opening, and then need to be aligned, clamped, and then aligned again, annealed laminated glass simply needs to be placed in a slot and screw tightened. This means less work and installation time. Another advantage of using monolithic glass is its cost-efficiency. Compared to conventional laminated and double-walled windows, it is significantly more cost- effective. However, this same advantage also has a drawback. Because it is made up of many smaller-sized glass pieces, it takes more manufacturing steps. A single glass piece can produce millions of pieces.
Because of these production steps, the cost of making a single sheet of monolithic glass can be quite expensive. It is for this reason that some industries which require standard sized and clear glass are able to make do with small-sized pieces using the full capabilities of the float glass manufacturing process. But even in industries where large-sized glass sheets are still required, single-glass products can often be produced using the full capabilities of the annealed process. As a result, many industries that make use of single-walled windows can still obtain the clearness and thickness desired while saving cost on production. This is possible because the production process of single-walled windows requires fewer steps.
Finally, another advantage of this glass compared to ordinary glass is its durability. As compared to ordinary flat or curved glass, it does not break into more than a few pieces as it gets more compressed during the manufacturing process. Moreover, since the edges are made blunt through the use of low-iron glass additives, it cuts down on the chances of chipping. These attributes have made it a popular option for use in roofing as well as other forms of architectural glass.