Laminated Glass Breaks Barriers in Strength and Safety

The use of laminated glass in the composites industry is a rapidly growing segment based primarily on the strength and safety benefits that it provides over ordinary sheet glass and tempered glass. Constructed with a polyvinyl butyrate (PVB) inner layer that makes it shatter-proof, laminated glass remains integral within its bordering frame when broken, adhering to its plastic vinyl interlayer. It can withstand high levels of impact, and even if the glass cracks or breaks under pressure, it is safe for people around it.

Key industry applications for laminated glass are automobile windshields, gas stations, residential buildings, windows and skylights of high-rise buildings, bank and ATM booth security, jewelry shops, and others.

Aerovac is meeting the needs of manufacturers in the laminated glass market segment by offering a full line of process material products that are available when needed for a range of industry applications, as well as customized kitting solutions that create efficiencies in manufacturing laminated glass. Aerovac offers a complete line of process materials for manufacturing applications, including vacuum bags, peel ply, breather, sealant tape, vacuum breach units, and other key products.

More strength and safety features of laminated Glass

When hit with high impact, laminate glass may break into fragments, however, the sheet of glass remains intact, with the fragment pieces adhering to the inner layer. Its load resistance features make it useful to protect against weather events such as hurricanes and earthquakes, or human threats including bullets and forced entry.

Laminated glass also offers sound insulation and sound reduction benefits, making it especially useful in airports, high-traffic areas, or other areas where sounds are loud and unpleasant.

Manufacturing laminated glass

Laminated glass is constructed with two 1.8–2.3 mm thick sheets of glass with a very thin layer (typically 0.76 mm thick) of PVB in between. It is manufactured in an autoclave or vacuum-assisted ovens in a process like demanding Aerospace composite processes. The glass sheet for making laminated glass can be ordinary glass, float glass, tempered glass, colored glass, heat-absorbing glass, or heat-reflecting glass. It can range from double-layer laminated up to multiple layers of laminated glass.

Laminated glass fiber reinforced composites have been used for decades in marine, aircraft, and automotive composite applications. Composites One and Aerovac take the benefits of laminated glass to the next level by offering customers high-quality process materials, logistics support, dependable service, and cost-reduction opportunities when incorporating laminated glass manufacturing in their facilities.

Learn more about process materials for laminated glass from Aerovac.