Laboratory Silicaware Quartzware from Infusil India


  • Silica (SiO2) is the chief constituent of earth’s crust. It is present in various forms, the most common being called Quartz which is crystalline in character. Typical examples are silica sand and rock crystals.
    Vitreous Silica is the glassy modification of Silicon dioxide (SiO2) with a purity of at least 99.8% by weight in the translucent form and over 99.9% (SiO2) in the transparent forms.
  • Depending on the Quartz used as raw material and melting process employed, the resulting material is either opaque, translucent or transparent.
  • In all three cases, this material is “Fused Silica”. It is also sometimes referred to as vitreous silica, quartz glass, silica glass, fused quartz or fused silica. Commercially the word fused silica is designated to the translucent variety and fused quartz to the transparent variety.


  • Fused Silica/Quartz is completely unaffected by all halogens and acids regardless of temperature or concentration with the exception of hydrofluoric and phosphoric acid. The latter affects fused silica only at high temperatures and it is possible, therefore to concentrate phosphoric acid successfully in silica vessels. For all ordinary purposes, they can be used with phosphoric acid. Sulphuric, Nitric and Hydrochloric acids or any mixture of these acids, such as acquaregia, have no action on glassware even at temperatures up to 1000ºC.
  • Strong alkalies react with silica/quartz. In many instances even where a certain degree of the chemical action occurs, good service may be obtained by cleaning glassware regularly. Salts and basic oxides react at elevated temperatures, particularly above their melting point. The extent of reaction is largely determined by the thermal diffusion of impurities into the fused silica (Vitreous silica) and in this respect, the alkali metals have the highest diffusivity and are the most damaging.


  • The mean value of the coefficient of thermal expansion between 0  and  800ºC  is  5  X  10 /ºC. Fused silica is not sensitive to abrupt temperature changes. Red hot fused silica may be dipped in water without damage.


  • Vitreous silica is a highly viscous material. The viscosity drops uniformly as the temperature rises over softening point. At 1730ºC, fused silica is just as “hard” as the pitch at 20ºC. At 1900º C, the material is solid enough to receive force to shape it. Vitreous silica never becomes a liquid melt since it passes directly from solid to vapour state.


  • The transformation of glassy form into a crystalline phase of SiO2 is termed as Devitrification. This is a nucleation process and the surface condition is very important.
  • Fused Silica/quartz is a metastable phase of silica and no crystallization occurs at normal temperature. Prolonged heating above 1000ºC leads to crystallization and in the crystalline phase the formation of high crystobalites occur. The thermal expansion and specific volume of these high crystobalites will be the same as Fused Silica and no damage to material is observed at high temperature. At 800º C fine cracks appear due to the mismatch of the thermal expansion and at around 200-275º complete structural changes occur and the high cristobalites are converted to low Crystobalites, hence complete breakage of the material takes place. Alkali ions increase devitrification.


  • Transmission between 200 nm to 700 nm for 2mm path length 85 to 95%.


Average Co-efficient expansion 0º to 800º C         5.5 X 10-7/ºC

Thermal ConductivityTempCAl
cm-1 Sec-1 ºC-1
20ºC36 X 10-4
100ºC38 X 10-4
250ºC41 X 10-4
500ºC50 X 10-4
800ºC57 X 10-4
1000ºC65 X 10-4
Specific heatTempCal/g
Softening temp.1700ºC
Annealing temp.1150ºC
Working temp.1900ºC to 2000ºC
Operating temp. (Continuous)1050ºC
Operating temp. (intermittent)1350ºC


Dielectric constant3.70
Specific resistivityTempResistivity ohm-cm
ºC(of the order of)

Electrical breakdown strength at 20ºC 25-400KV-cm


Hardness6-7 Mohs
Poisson’s ratio0.17
Young’s Modulus7.4 X105 Kgs/cm2
Tensile strength600 to 700 Kgs/cm2


  • For Chemical, Physical & Routine Research Work
  • Wool & Fiber For High-Temperature Insulation
  • Acid Filtration & Fine Suspensions tubes & Muffles For Gas & Electrically Heated Furnaces, including Vacuum Furnaces, Basins, Pots, Cooling Coils, Etc.
  • For Manufacture Of Pure Chemicals
  • Electric Immersion Heaters For Acid Pickling & Electroplating Tanks component Material
  • In Refractory & Ceramic Mixtures To Reduce Tendency To Spalling Tubes & Rods.
  • For Use As Cores & Core Supports In Precision Casting
  • Lenses, Prisms & Discs For Optical Work & As Optical Flats

Apparatus of complicated design is now in demand for fundamental research work. The transparent variety is used wherever high temperatures are encountered or where high transparency is required.

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