Tempered glass

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A high strength plate glass. Tempered glass is a plate glass that has been reheated and held above its annealing point (650C or 1200F), then flash cooled. The tempering process produces glass that is 3-5 times stronger than ordinary plate glass of the same thickness (Konrad, 1995). However, it cannot be cut or ground. Tempered glass was first used in 1942. It is used for large doors and automobile windows. On impact, tempered glass shatters into small round-edged pieces.

Synonyms and Related Terms

annealed glass; vidrio templado (Esp.); verre trempé (Fr.); gehard glas (Ned.); vidro recozido (Port.); vidro temperado (Port.); heat-strengthened glass; hardened glass; toughened glass; Tuf-Flex [Libbey-Owens-Ford]; Herculite [PPG]

Resources and Citations

  • K.Konrad, K. Wilson, W. Nugent, F.Calabrese, "Plate Glass", in Twentieth-Century Building Materials, T. Jester (ed.), McGraw-Hill: New York, 1995.
  • 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