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Publication Nr FBCH122
Author Teicher, G.; Weigt, P.
Handbuch der Glastechnik - Handbook Automotive Glazing
Publication Year 2006
Page 272
The automotive industry is the driving force behind advanced quality requirements for float glass, in particular with respect to optical homogeneity and practical strength. Automotive glazing stimulates the development and improvement of functional glasses which are predominantly generated by adding value to the surface of float glass.
“Automotive Glazing” is the topic of the present monograph edited by G. Teicher, formerly affiliated with Adam Opel AG , and P. Weigt, previously working for Pilkington Deutschland AG. For the editors as well as the authors of this textbook it is a special concern to emphasize the common interests of the glass and automotive industries to point out the primary and secondary glass processing on the one hand, and the practice oriented and customer specific testing of automotive glass as well as its construction and design limits on the other hand.
Automotive glass is of high importance in modern car design since it has to fulfil a variety of requirements: the stiffness of the bodywork is additionally supported by the car glazing (high Young’s modulus of glass), and the desired low cw-values require high optical distortion-free transparency of windscreens and backlites. Moreover, glass is responsible for almost all-around visibility and should possess such spectral properties as to combine high light transparency with optimal solar light and heat protection.
Furthermore, glass serves as a substrate for numerous functional coatings, which increasingly have to be designed for multifunctionality, e.g. they have to be electrically conductive for window heating, hydrophobic to increase the visibility in rain, electrochrome to control the light transparency of roof glazing.
The twelve chapters of the monograph provide a relevant spectrum for the understanding of automotive glazing in respect of its production and its property profile – dealing with the processing and testing of float glass, with thermally toughened glass and laminated glass, screen printing, strength, optics, framing, glass and electronics, coatings, solar protection, roof glazing as well as with regulations, standards, admissions, end-of-life and recycling directives. All the contributions to this textbook are written by renowned authors, thus a unique, unrivalled monograph is now on the market which represents a most reliable and informative source for experts of the automotive, glass and supply industries.
Berlin, June 2006 Prof. Dr. H. A. Schaeffer

Why writing a book about car glazing? For the editors it was an affair of the heart to highlight the meaning of automotive glazing after more than 100 years of automotive history. The automotive glazing was developed from small shields to the irreplaceable high-tech product all-around glazing. An end of this development is unforeseeable. In the following experts describe the different characteristics and facets of automotive glazing, their origin, their state of the art and foreseeable future trends. We thank all co-authors for their priceless cooperation and all companies for their support for our work.
Rüsselsheim, June 2006 G. Teicher

Table of content

Teicher: Introduction
Beke: The history of automotive glass in Europe
Bretschneider: Float glass as a basic product for automotive glazing
Weigt: Optics of automotive glass
Varner: Strength and failure analysis Alfter Post processing of flat glass in the automotive industry-Bending and tempering of flat glass
Ollfisch: Laminated safety glass in automobile construction
Coppens: Encapsulation of automotive windows
Senge: Automotive glass, encapsulation and frames
Paul: Coating technology and products in automotive glazing
Tünker: Ceramic screen-printing colours for automotive glass
Disteldorf Physical basics of heat treatable IRR coatings for application to windshields
Scott, Kominami, Kirkman: Interlayer film products for solar control management in advanced automotive laminated glazing constructions
Sauer: Glass and electronics
Teschner: Webasto ProTec - A new glazing application
Preußer: Regulations, standards, approvals, testhouses
Kasper: Restrictions upon the recycling of scrap car cullet into glass manufacture

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