Blast-Resistant GlassFeatures in Blast-Resistant Glass

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lrwilliams eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Blast resistant glass is manufactured in a way that prevents the glass from breaking away from the frame and flying around as sharp shards of glass after a blast. The manufacturing process includes laminating the glass by introducing a layer of Polyvinyl Butyral between the two layers of glass, resistant glazing does not break m instead they bend under impact.

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are also another a number of products that can coat glass such as polymeric coatings that mitigate the effects of blasts.  They absorb energy and contain glass fragments that are so dangerous to any humans in the vicinity of a blast.  This material has a high tensile strength and can withstand elongation and strain.

ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In today's world it's important to minimize the danger posed by flying glass debris when blasts occur such as terrorists bombings. Thats why the laminated glass mentioned by the previous poster is used. The interlayers hold the glass in place and prevents flying debris or falling glass fragments.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Notice it says blast-reistant, not blast-proof. There is no glass that is completely bullet proof or blast proof. It's a sign of the times. People want nice buildings, and to be able to see through, but they want to protect themselves from potential terrorism.
giorgiana1976 | Student

Based on the facts that severe injuries, after a strong wind, a tornado or explosions, were caused by sharply fragments of glass that came from the windows of buildings, scientists developed a new type of lighter but tougher glass.

The blast resistant glass is made from polymer layers and the new type of blast resistant glass is made from polymer layers reinforced with long glass fibers, having a form of woven textiles and up to 25 micrometers in diameter.