Tempered glass, also known as toughened glass, can save your life! Before we tell you all the details, the main reason tempered glass is much safer and stronger than standard glass is because it is made using a slower cooling process. A slower cooling process will break the glass into many smaller pieces, such as a "rough" piece of glass, helping to "safely" break the membrane-sized glass. We'll show you how tempered glass differs from regular glass, the manufacturing process of glass, and the evolution in glassmaking.
How is Glass Produced and Processed?
Glass consists of several main components: soda ash, lime and sand. In fact, these ingredients are mixed and melted at very high temperatures to make glass. Once the result of this process is formed and cooled, a process called annealing reheats the glass and cools it once again to restore strength. For those who don't know what annealing means, it is simply allowing materials (metal or glass) to cool slowly to relieve internal stresses as they harden. The annealing process differentiates tempered and standard glass. Both types of glass can vary in many sizes and colours.
Close to the softening point of cut-to-size and processed glass panels
It is obtained by heating it to a certain degree (650-700°C) and cooling it rapidly.
Compression stress on the outer surfaces of the glass as a result of the tempering process
(compression), an indirect tensile stress (tension) in the middle of the glass
is gained. Thus, the glass becomes resistant to shrinkage and impacts.
In addition, the thermal shock resistance increases, it can withstand temperature changes up to 150 ~ 200°C.
The tempering process changes the volume, chemical structure, color and clarity of the glass.
does not change. After the tempering process, any glass panels
cutting, drilling, edge and surface treatment are not allowed. Therefore, the exact dimensions
must be determined before the tempering process.
While the hot glass is in contact with the glass rollers during the tempering process, surface distortions known as roller waves occur. These deteriorations are the physical consequences of the production technique and cannot be prevented. In glasses with high reflection, the traces are more pronounced. Again, for the same reason, speckles (roller pick up) that can be seen in reverse light, can occur exceptionally on the glass surface.
Air traces (anisotropy) form on the tempered glass due to the internal stress distribution in the glass. It is not possible to prevent dark circles seen in polarized light and detected depending on the viewing angle.
Tempered Glass is produced in accordance with the "TS EN 12150 Glass - Used in Buildings - Thermally Tempered Soda Lime Silicate Safety Glass" standard.
Benefits of Tempered Glass:
- Tempered glass is about 4-5 times more resistant to impacts than flat glass. It is not resistant to point loads.
- The resistance of the glass to thermal stresses increases.
- It is classified as a safety glass because it breaks down into dice-sized pieces when broken, reducing the risk of injury. When it is broken, it empties the surface it is on.
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