Standard Practice for Measuring Viscosity of Glass Above the Softening Point

The viscosity of glass above the softening point is determined using a platinum alloy spindle immersed in a platinum crucible of molten glass. The crucible is placed in a vertical tube furnace capable of 1600°C. The viscometer is mounted above the tube furnace and is capable of measuring from 1.5 to 5.0 Poise (log10). About 400 gm of glass is necessary for the test. After the data is collected, it is fit to a Fulcher equation to describe the viscosity/temperature relationship.

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This practice is useful in determining the viscosity-temperature relationships for glasses and corresponding useful working ranges. See Terminology C162.


1.1 This practice covers the determination of the viscosity of glass above the softening point through the use of a platinum alloy spindle immersed in a crucible of molten glass. Spindle torque, developed by differential angular velocity between crucible and spindle, is measured and used to calculate viscosity. Generally, data are taken as a function of temperature to describe the viscosity curve for the glass, usually in the range from 1 to 106 Pa·s.

1.2 Two procedures with comparable precision and accuracy are described and differ in the manner for developing spindle torque. Procedure A employs a stationary crucible and a rotated spindle. Procedure B uses a rotating crucible in combination with a fixed spindle.

1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.


Extracted, with permission, from ASTM C965 Standard Practice for Measuring Viscosity of Glass Above the Softening Point, copyright ASTM International, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, West Conshohocken, PA 19428. A copy of the standard may be purchased from ASTM International, phone 610-832-9555, e-mail:, website:


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