Difference Between Wired Glass And Float Glass. In this article, you will come to know about what is wired glass, what is float glass, what is the main difference between wired glass and float glass, and much more.
Both the terms wired glass and float glass are the types of glasses that are used in construction and for different purposes. Glass is a transparent substance that can be transparent, translucent, or brittle. The process that is used to manufacture the glass is known as the ‘fusion process’. In this process, the sand is fused with soda, lime, and various admixtures. Then this mixture is cooled rapidly, thus forming a glass.
The difference in the glasses lay in their making process. Here, we will first discuss the main difference between wired glass and float glass, then differentiate between them in detail.
What Is The Main Difference Between Wired Glass And Float Glass?
The main difference between wired glass and float glass is that the:
-Wired glass is a glass made by embedding a steel wire mesh during production. This mesh acts as reinforcement.
-Float glass is made by the floating technique. It is manufactured by mixing sand and organic material, then moving it to the float bath. The materials are slowly cooled down and a smooth glass is formed.
What Is Wired Glass?
Wired glass is also known as Georgian wired glass. Wired glass is glass made by embedding a steel wire mesh during production. This mesh acts as reinforcement. If a glass breaks, the pieces of broken glass will be held in place by the wire mesh without spreading to the ground. Hence, help in preventing burglary or theft.
Wired glass is also high in resistance when exposed to fire. It does not break easily when it is heated. It blocks fire very well and takes some time to enter the building, hence giving time for people to escape. Due to this property, it is also termed as ‘Fire Proof Glass’. So, in such places that are prone, people mostly used wired glass as compared to float glass in the construction. It has high resistance to thermal and electric shock
Wired glass is available in various sizes and thickness. It ranges from 6mm to 19 mm. The standard size of glass sheets is 1370 mm x 1370 mm. The maximum size of wired glass sheet available is 1981 mm x 2540 mm.
What Is Float Glass?
Float Glass is made by the floating technique. It is manufactured by mixing sand and organic material, then moving it to the float bath. The materials are slowly cooled down and a smooth glass is formed. The next step is polishing through conveyor belts. The surface of float glass is uniform, thick, and smooth.
The float glass is generally made of sodium silicate and calcium silicate. It is also called soda-lime glass. It is about 2mm to 20mm thick. It is mostly used in front of shops or public places.
What Are The Properties Of Glass?
The 6 main properties of glass are as under:
The main property of glass is transparency. The transparent the glass, the better the vision of that glass. Usually, the glasses are transparent from both sides, but there is some glass that is transparent from one side only. An example of such types of glasses are mirrors that have only one side transparency.
The strength of glass is the second property of glass. It depends on the modulus of the ruptured value of glass. The glass is very brittle initially. We add admixtures and laminates to make it more stronger.
The workability of the glass is a superior property. Glass can be moulded into any shape when melted.
A glass should have visible transmittance property. It means that a visible fraction of light should pass through the glass.
The u-value of the glass is the amount of heat that can be passed through the glass. Like, if the glass is insulated the glass will have a lower u-value.
A glass can always be recycled. It has 100% recyclable property. It is used as a raw material in the construction industry.
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