Automotive Glazing Materials     


I.D.# 99002Printable Description
Duration: 2 Days

Automotive glazing materials affect the total automotive system. This seminar presents an overview of different automotive glazing materials and covers a wide range of topics including evolution, regulations, characteristics, manufacturing, testing, and safety. The chemical, physical, and design issues related to various glazing materials (annealed, laminated, tempered, glass-plastic, and plastic) are covered in depth.

Attendees will receive a copy of SAE Standard J673 Automotive Safety Glasses as part of the course material.

This course has been approved by the Accreditation Commission for Traffic Accident Reconstruction (ACTAR) for 12 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Upon completion of this seminar, accredited reconstructionists should contact ACTAR, 800-809-3818, to request CEUs. As an ACTAR approved course, the fee for CEUs is reduced to $5.00.

Learning Objectives
By attending this seminar, you will be able to:

  • Describe the evolution of glazing materials in the automotive industry
  • Contrast the safety characteristics of various products and how they perform in normal usage and in accidents
  • Explain how safety glazing materials are regulated and certified
  • Describe the production processes used to make laminated and tempered glass
  • Avoid problems by optimizing the performance and failure modes of the different glazing materials
  • Describe the physical and chemical characteristics of the different products
  • Summarize glass manufacturing procedures, processing, handling, installation, and usage to disposal
  • List the important characteristics of tempered, laminated glass, and plastic glazing
  • Articulate how glazing materials affect the total automotive system
  • Explain when and why specialty products are used and how they are manufactured
  • Discuss future trends and technical innovations

Who Should Attend
This seminar is designed for transportation, safety and glass engineers and others who work on or with automotive or similar glazing products. Individuals who need either general information on glazing or details on specific glazing topics, such as legal, safety, marketing, performance and manufacturing issues will benefit from this seminar.

Topical Outline

  • Introduction
    • Laminated glass
    • Tempered glass
    • Background on automotive glass
    • Automotive safety glass regulations
  • Glass
    • Chemistry
    • Surface properties
    • Ceramic paint and silver
    • Stress
    • Breakage
    • Physical properties
    • Manufacturing process
  • Glass Processing
    • Inspection
    • Cutting
    • Break-out
    • Grinding and seaming
    • Washing
    • Printing
    • Bending
  • Laminated Glass - The Windshield
    • Background
    • Production process: glass bending; windshield interlayer; and windshield production
    • Safety
    • Testing and weathering
    • Windshield issues
    • Encapsulation and adhesion
    • Packaging and shipping
    • Installation
    • Replacement, repair, disposal and warranties
    • Design considerations
    • Specialty windshields: heated, HUD, and solar control
  • Tempered Glass
    • Production process
    • Testing and evaluation
    • Safety: legal requirements; testing; and performance
    • Design considerations
    • Encapsulation and adhesion
    • Installation: movable and stationary
    • Warranty
  • Tempered vs. Laminated Glass
    • Background
    • Legal Requirements
    • Safety: testing and performance
    • Design considerations
    • Ejection
    • Security
  • Specialty Glazing Materials
    • Plastic
    • Glass-Plastic
    • Roof glass
    • Truck and van glazing materials
    • Bullet resistant glass
    • Photochromic
    • Electrochromic
    • Hydrophobic
    • Coatings
    • Off-highway glazing materials
  • The Replacement Market
    • Finding the glass
    • Tinting materials: transmittance; reflectance; and performance
    • Windshield installation: sealant and procedure
    • Legal requirements
    • Windshield repair
    • Anti-theft

Instructor(s): Siegfried H. Herliczek
Dr. Siegfried H. Herliczek, a consultant specializing in glass, has worked on glass products for automotive, aircraft, and architectural applications including tempered, laminated, and specialty products. He has extensive experience in research and development and has worked at Union Carbide Corporation, Libbey-Owens-Ford, and Pilkington Glass. Dr. Herliczek has written numerous papers, presented glass seminars in several countries, and received 15 glass-related patents. He is a member of SAE, ACS, and SPE. Dr. Herliczek earned a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Northeastern University.

Fees: $1370.00 ; SAE Members: $1096.00 - $1233.00

1.3 CEUs
You must complete all course contact hours and successfully pass the learning assessment to obtain CEUs.

"Great seminar and instructor. Very interesting and informative."
Jay Rieger
Junior Regulatory Development Engineer
Transport Canada

"Excellent course. Good overview of automotive glazing and current trends in safety."
Don Phillips
Consulting Engineer
National Forensic Engineers

"Excellent overview of glass manufacturing and applications for automotive use."
John Sweeney
Product Design Engineer
PPG Industries

"If you work with glass, this class is a must!"
Bill Anderson
Engineering Coordinator
Honda of America Mfg.

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