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Tempered Laminated Glass- What are the Advantages?

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Both tempered glass and laminated glass are considered to be types of “safety” glass.  Did you know that architects and designers are moving towards products combining these two types of glass to provide added security?  The following is an excerpt from an article by Dr. Gérard Savineau, Technical, Solutia Europe/Africa S.A./N.V.

The tempered laminated glass market has been growing fast in the last decade, mainly in high-rise buildings. The question arises: why use tempered laminated glass? The answer is straightforward: for safety reasons and potential liability issues. Other types of glasses such as annealed float glass and heat-strengthened glass are not accepted by the building codes as “safety glass”. Tempered glass is a safety glass but it may break spontaneously. Application of the heat soaked treatment (HST) may strongly reduce this risk but does not eliminate it fully. This raises the critical question of the post breakage behavior of so-called “safety glass”.

Read the full article, “Trends and Challenges of Tempered Laminated Glass” here.

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Trends and Challenges of Tempered Laminated Glass

Dr. Gérard Savineau, Technical, Solutia Europe/Africa S.A./N.V.

The tempered laminated glass market has been growing fast in the last decade, mainly in high-rise buildings. The question arises: why use tempered laminated glass? The answer is straightforward: for safety reasons and potential liability issues. Other types of glasses such as annealed float glass and heat-strengthened glass are not accepted by the building codes as “safety glass”. Tempered glass is a safety glass but it may break spontaneously. Application of the heat soaked treatment (HST) may strongly reduce this risk but does not eliminate it fully. This raises the critical question of the post breakage behavior of so-called “safety glass”.

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Written by Anson

March 29, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Annealed, Tempered, or Laminated Glass?

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Tempered glass and annealed glass are different in composition and applications. Tempered glass is the more popular but there are many uses for simple annealed glass. Tempered glass is valued for its safety and strength, but when neither of those factors is an issue, annealed glass is a good, less expensive choice.

When tempered glass is shattered it breaks into round pieces that pose no risk. When annealed glass (commonly refered to as double or triple strength) is shattered it breaks into sharp jagged pieces able to inflict serious injury or death. As noted above building codes require the use of tempered glass in certain installations depending on the risk of breakage.

As a general rule of thumb, glass less than 24 inches from the ground or floor should be tempered, as well as any glass within a door or its adjacent sidelites.

Read more about the history and differences between tempered and annealed glass at:  e-how.com

Check out this handy guide to distinguish Annealed, Tempered, or Laminated Glass?

Written by Anson

March 15, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Laminated Glass- A Safety Product

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Basic laminated glass can meet safety standards, similar to tempered glass applications.

Laminated Glass can also serve as a safety product.

Laminated Glass can also serve as a safety product.

Written by Anson

September 2, 2009 at 10:02 am

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