Toughened Glass Balustrade Panels Are a Creative Fencing System
Evidently, glass balustrades are creative, modern, and safe fencing systems for various architectural elements in interior and exterior design. Thanks to this design solution, any building became airy, more spacious and filled with transparent purity. By the way, glass balustrades are especially popular in the design of commercial and entertainment centres. Also, toughened glass balustrade panels look attractive in houses and office buildings adding spice to any architectural ensemble.
Despite the seeming fragility, glass panel structure is very robust. Therefore, the installation of glass balustrades at the terraces, balconies, and staircases is completely safe in the buildings of any type. However, it is possible to achieve this level of security only through the use of toughened glass balustrade panels.
What Toughened Glass Is
Toughened glass is a kind of glass that undergoes special heat processing. The manufacturers toughen glass by exposing it to the high-temperature heating followed by rapid cooling. Thus, during this cooling, the upper layers of the softened glass harden first. At the same time, the inner layers continue keeping the high temperature. Then cold upper layers impede a free restraint of the inner layers. So during further cooling, the upper layers undergo compression, while the inner layers are subject to stretching. As a result, the tension system in the glass layers forms providing high mechanical and thermal strength of the toughened glass.
Structural Features of Toughened Glass
The toughened glass has some important structural features.
- The toughened glass is very resistant to sudden temperature changes which reach about 200ºC.
- The glass toughening process increases the strength of glass. Bending strength and impact resistance of the toughened glass is 5-7 times higher than the strength of the ordinary glass.
- The toughened glass is a safe glass. When impact loading exceeds the toughened glass strength limit, the glass does not fall into large sharp pieces. Instead, it breaks into small rounded fragments. The size of the fragments varies from 5 mm to 20 mm. Moreover, the pieces of toughened glass do not cause harm to people when falling from great heights.
The toughened glass is the best choice if you require the increased mechanical strength with a relatively low weight, quite high thermal resistance, and security in case of breaking. Thanks to these features, the toughened glass has won wide acceptance in the architecture and interior design over the past few decades. So that is why the toughened glass is ideally suited for making balustrade glass panels.
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