Laminated Glass: Design Considerations for Vehicle Door Systems Fast Track

I.D.# PD130810ON
Access Period: 90 days
Duration: 40 Minutes

The benefits of laminated glass for automobiles are being recognized at both the manufacturer and consumer levels, resulting in an increasing number of vehicles adopting this technology. This evolution in glass technology creates both opportunities and challenges, which must be understood by today's automotive designers and engineers for successful implementation. Because laminated glass has different structural properties than tempered glass, this 40 minute presentation will provide an overview of best practices for integration of the product into vehicle door systems based upon extensive testing and field experience.

The growing demand for the benefits provided by laminated glass means that members of the automotive industry must understand the product and how to incorporate it into vehicles. The information in this short course is intended to provide sufficient information to understand both the benefits and challenges associated with the adoption of laminated glass in vehicles.

Is this Fast Track for You?
This course was developed for engineers and those in the automobile supply chain involved in all disciplines related to the design or development of glass. The course is designed to give a technology overview that is relevant to those who simply want an introduction to laminated glass, while providing sufficient technical detail on best practices to benefit seasoned glazing engineers.

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By participating in this Fast Track short course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the factors which led to the evolution of vehicle glazing
  • Explain the benefits associated with the adoption of laminated glass in automobiles
  • Describe the challenges associated with the adoption of laminated glass in automobiles
  • Manage activitiy related to design validation, purchasing and marketing of laminated door glass
  • Assess door systems relative to industry best practices for laminated glass
  • Evaluate door systems for potential of glazing failure due to static and dynamic stresses


  • Overview of Laminated Glazing
  • Laminated Glazing Selection Criteria
  • Automotive Glass Strength Characterization
  • Static Stresses and Door Design Considerations
  • Dynamic Stresses from Door Slam
  • Laminated Glass Performance and Analysis Techniques
  • Summary of Laminated Glazing Benefits

Instructor(s): Peter Dishart and Dewitt W. Lampman

Peter T. Dishart manages the laminated glass business of PPG Industries Inc. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in mechanical engineering as well as an MBA. Dishart is a member of SAE and has served on the Glazing Committee. He is currently President of the Enhanced Protective Glass Automotive Association (EPGAA), an industry organization dedicated to laminated glass.

DeWitt Lampman is a Staff Engineer with PPG Glass Research, where he has been in the Automotive OEM Process and Product Development Division since 1973. Mr. Lampman was a major contributor to the development of thin laminated sidelites, where he was involved with developing product specifications and process capability requirements for production, and conducting modeling and stress level measurements on vehicles to define glass and door design specifications, having worked with four automobile manufacturers in these areas. To date, Mr. Lampman holds seven U. S. Patents. Mr. Lampman graduated with a B.S. degree in Ceramic Engineering from Alfred University, Alfred, NY.

Materials Provided

  • 90 days of online single-user access (from date of purchase) to the 40 minute presentation
  • Integrated knowledge checks to reinforce key concepts
  • Proof of Participation (Transcript)

About Fast Tracks

SAE "Fast Tracks" are Internet-delivered short courses featuring animated presentation screens synchronized with audio instruction. Knowledge checks are incorporated throughout the course to reinforce learning and retention and gauge your understanding of a topic before you move forward.

Equipment Requirements

  • Pentium PC 300 MHZ
  • Minimum 128 MB RAM
  • Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8, & 9 browser (IE 10 & 11, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Unix/Linus based browsers are not currently supported)
  • Adobe Flash Player 8 or above required
  • Broadband-128Kbps and above (Minimum: Cable or DSL connection)
  • Windows 2000, XP, Vista
  • 1024 X 768 Screen Resolution
  • Sound Card/Speakers
Mac operating systems and browsers other than IE and Mozilla Firefox are not supported.

Online Access
Members save up to 20% off list price.
Have colleagues who need this course? Purchase access for one individual at the appropriate member or list price, then purchase access for up to four additional employees at 10% off the list price. Contact SAE Customer Service to arrange online access for all individuals at the same time or mention the confirmation number for the first purchase. The offer is good for only the same Fast Track. All participants will receive a personal account in the SAE Learning Center.


Quantity discounts for six or more students and corporate access options also are available - complete a Corporate Learning Solutions Request Form for a quote.

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