To provide fire safety special fire retardant glass panes can be manufactured, which should guarantee safety of the people in the room.
WIRED GLASS PANES
Wired (Pilkington Pyroshield) glass is a special glass product designed to efficiently restrict fire smoke and hot gases. Its unique property is achieved by electrically welded steel wire mesh (with a mesh size 13 mm²), which is installed continuously in the centre of the glass pane between two melt layers. When imposed to fire, the glass pane breaks but the wire mesh keeps it together. This helps to maintain the integrity of the glass pane and prevents generation of flame and smoke corridors. The installed wired glass pane can be visibly recognised as a fire-resistant glass by the wire mesh installed inside. At the same time Pyroshield glass also provides efficient protection against burglary. Unlike other fire retardant glasses breaking of the glass pane due to minor accidental or intended damage does not impair fire retardant properties of the glass pane. The glass pane will maintain its integrity also when broken and the glass pieces will not fall down or shift from their places. To provide the wired glass pane even with more efficient fire retardant properties it has been specially tested in wide spread fire environment. This is the reason the wired glass panes are used in the whole world in the buildings where windows, partition walls, door structures and glass panes should be extra fire retardant.
Pilkington Pyroshield glass is available in two variants:
• Pyroshield Clear (polished) is a clear glass
• Pyroshield Texture (textured from one side), when transparency is not required
Both glass versions can be laminated with all other glasses of the product range.
Application and design
Pilkington Pyroshield glass panes can be used in partition walls, in emergency exit doors, windows and in front of ventilation openings, everywhere, where restriction of open flames is required. This can also be used in windows with inclined surfaces, since special attention has to be paid to overhead glasses – broken glass may form loose glass pieces. Pilkington Georgian Wired glass does not give protection against UV-radiation.
Properties of Pilkington Pyroshield glass:
• Restricts the spread of flames and smoke
• Pyroshield Clear maintains its transparency even in fire
• Maintains integrity when sprayed with strong water jet used for firefighting
• Can be used in an insulating glass unit and can be laminated with other glass panes
• Readily available and easy to handle
• The glass has been approved by rescue and fire departments of many countries
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