Smelting point? An update on major refractories for glass smelters

By IM Staff
Published: Monday, 22 August 2016

Fused cast blocks have dominated the market for glass refractories since the early 20th century. Carlo Ratto takes a look at some of the alternative products which have emerged over the years and assesses the future uptake prospects for these materials.

Since the advent and rapid diffusion of fused cast refractories in the first half of the 20th century, there have not been any equally significant revolutions in the development of new refractories for glass furnaces.

The "fused cast era" laid the foundation for the evolution of glassmaking technologies and the...

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