MASSIVE & LARGE OPTICAL GLASS DOMES & SPHERES - FLANGED
Domes are ubiquitous throughout industrial, military, architectural and commercial applications for one reason primarily: strength. The Roman Pantheon Dome is 43 meters in diameter and is still standing strong after almost 2000 years. It should be noted that critical structural feature of all domes, albeit often hidden and forgotten, is the base, or foundation supporting the dome.
Glass is actually an ideal material for domes because of its strength, optical clarity and aesthetic value. Rayotek glass is superior to other readily available materials due to its compressive strength and, with the right choice of glass, for its wear and scratch resistance. For isostatic force conditions, such as deep sea, glass is superior to steel, ceramics and even sapphire. Given the optical clarity of glass, it is the go-to material for Optical Camera Domes, Aerospace Domes and Deep Sea and Marine Domes plus any other applications that require the marriage of clarity and strength.
For flanged domes the flared base is what insures the glass dome achieves its optimum strength when mounted. An improperly mounted dome will reduce the strength of the dome, often significantly. Rayotek has over 25 years of research, engineering, and in-depth testing, to develop flanged dome mounting systems.
Rayotek employs 8 engineers plus a Master Optician with 40 years of experience in massive optics and how to safely mount them. To learn more about fabricating large flanged glass domes contact us to speak with one of our specialists. We look forward to using our vast knowledge to co-create with you. This is how we become better engineers, and a better vendor to you.