Float glass

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Description

A smooth, distortion free, window glass made by pouring molten glass onto a surface of molten tin. The process for making float glass was developed in 1959. By 1993, 90% of the world's glass was made by the float process.

See also plate glass.

Synonyms and Related Terms

plate glass; float glass (Fr.); verre flotté (Fr.); vidro flotado (Port.)

Sources Checked for Data in Record

  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
  • Thomas C. Jester (ed.), Twentieth-Century Building Materials, McGraw-Hill Companies, Washington DC, 1995
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • External source or communication Comment: G.Allen, L.Black,K.Hallam, "A Preliminary Investigation into the Effect of Solf-Adhesive Ultraviolet Absorbing Films on Window Glass" in ICOM preprints Lyon, 1999. p.757-763