-CRYSTALCLEAR tempered glass is made using special heated furnaces, which heat the annealed glass to a uniform temperature of approximately 700ºC. When the glass exits the furnace, it is rapidly cooled. This rapid cooling puts the glass surface into a state of compression while the centre core remains in tension.
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CRYSTALCLEAR tempered glass is made using special heated furnaces, which heat the annealed glass to a uniform temperature of approximately 700ºC. When the glass exits the furnace, it is rapidly cooled. This rapid cooling puts the glass surface into a state of compression while the centre core remains in tension.
When tempered glass is broken, all the stored energy is released at once and the glass breaks into small pieces.
Characteristics of Tempered glass:
Tempered glass is four to five times stronger than annealed glass of the same size and thickness against impact. Tempered glass has higher thermal strength, and it can withstand high temperature changes up to 250°C. Tempered glass is considered as safety glass. It is difficult to break and even in the event of a breakage, disintegrates into small relatively harmless globules. Tempering does not alter the basic characteristics of glass such as light transmission and solar radiant heat properties of normal glass. The glass surface after heat treatment has the same resistance to surface damage as annealed glass. Tempered glass cannot be cut or altered.
Application of Tempered Glass:
Tempered glass is specifically designed for use in areas where there is a high risk of contact and breakage. It is not harder or softer than annealed glass but is tougher. Tempering does not make glass more porous nor is tempered glass more prone to scratches than normal glass. Tempered glass offers a wide variety of uses in industries including building, manufacturing, automotive, to name a few.
There is a wide scope for the use of tempered glass in the building industry. It can be used to raise the elemental beauty of exteriors and interiors by using it on facades, showroom shelves, dividers, shower cabins, doors and the like. High resistance to thermal stress and small missile impact makes tempered glass an ideal choice for sloped glazing. The manufacturing industry uses tempered glass in ovens, refrigerators, fireplace screens, and shelves. In the motor vehicle industry, tempered glass is commonly used inside and rear windows.