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Tempered Glass Panels: The Applications and Basics

What are Tempered Glass Panels?

Tempered glass is a type of safety glass produced through controlled chemical and thermal treatments to increase its strength above normal glass. The process puts the outer surfaces of the glass into compression, and the inner ones into tension. These stresses multiply the strength of the glass and cause it to crumble into small chunks rather than large shards when broken.

While this concept is not so new, some of its applications are a bit fresh. For the last ten years, manufacturers have used tempered glass to make screen protectors for mobile phones. We are used to older applications such as tempered glass panels for home appliances.

Because of its strength and safety, tempered glass has found its way into almost all applications that require a tough transparent material. Passenger vehicle windows, architectural glass doors, refrigerator trays, tables, and window tempered glass panels all use tempered glass panels. It is one of the main components of bulletproof glass, diving masks, and different types of cookware and plates.

The main advantage of having tempered glass panels over standard glass is that they are thermally and physically stronger. Your house is likely to be exposed to different seasons, and hence you need something that can adapt to temperature and climatic changes without yielding.

The contraction of the inner layer in the manufacturing process induces compressive stresses that are balanced by the body’s tensile stresses. In order for glass to be considered toughened, it must achieve a minimum of 10,000psi compressive stress.

Glass is considered “safety glass” if it can crumble to the smallest possible particles when broken. This means that the compressive strength should exceed at least 15,000 psi. Materials with greater surface stress can crumble into smaller particles

Home applications for tempered glass panels include frameless doors and structurally loaded applications. At All Team Glass, it is our work to guarantee your safety by ensuring that we use the right type of glass to protect your products or home.