Glass fibers thin out blast-proof windows

tce today
September 11, 2009

Engineers have developed a new composite material of glass fibers, which they say reduces the thickness and cost of blast-proof windows.

As well as protecting against terrorism, the new thinner windows could be used to shield buildings from hurricane winds and earthquake damage.

“Currently, blast-resistant window glass is more than 1 inch (2.54 cm) thick, which is much thicker than standard window glass that is only one-fourth of an inch thick and hurricane-protected window glass that is one-half of an inch thick,” says Sanjeev Khanna, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Missouri University, according to a Sept. 9 tce today report.

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