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Difference Between Glass and Ceramics

Glass vs Ceramics

Glass and ceramics are widely used for making household utensils. Apart from making household materials, glass and ceramics have found their place in many areas.

Glass can be called as a type of ceramic. Glass is known to be a non-crystalline material. It is an amorphous solid, which means that it has no long -range order of positioning of its molecules.

Ceramic can be termed as an inorganic material. Unlike glass, ceramics may have crystalline or partly crystalline structures. Ceramics may also be amorphous.

Silicon Dioxide is the main component of glass. Glass is a mixture of of two or more kinds of metallic silicates. Clay is the main component in Ceramics..

Both glass and ceramics are brittle and break at the instance of a small force. Glass is also transparent, which means light passes through it. Ceramics may be opaque, which means it does not allow light to pass through it. The earliest ceramic products were pottery made out of clay.

The history of glass dates back to 3500 BC in Mesopotamia. The term Glass was first developed during the late Roman empire. Ceramics comes from Greek word keramikos, which means pottery and keramos, which means potter’s clay.

Ceramics are hard, brittle, oxidation resistant, wear-resistant, thermal and electrical insulating, refractory, nonmagnetic, chemically stable and prone to thermal shock.

Glass is hard, amorphous, inert, biologically inactive, fragile and transparent.

When comparing the two in terms of the price, ceramics is a bit costlier than glass.

In the manufacture of both glass and ceramics, there is a slight difference. A glass kiln will have heating elements on the top whereas a ceramic kiln will have heating elements on the sides.

Summary

1. Glass can be called as a type of ceramic.

2. Glass is known to be non-crystalline. Ceramics may be crystalline or partly crystalline.

3. Glass is also transparent, which means light passes through it. Ceramics may be opaque, which means it does not allow light to pass through it.

4. The history of glass dates back to 3500 BC in Mesopotamia. The term Glass was first developed during the late Roman empire. Ceramics comes from Greek word keramikos, which means pottery and keramos, which means potter’s clay.

5. A glass kiln will have heating elements on the top whereas a ceramic kiln will have heating elements on the sides.

6. When comparing the two in terms of the price, ceramics is a bit costlier than glass.


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