Impact Performance of Thin Glass-Polycarbonate Composite Panels
Safety glass is usually the proper designer choice when glazing may be subjected to the impact of a person. In order to avoid people injuries, glass products must comply with appropriate safety practices. Existing technical standards classify safety glass products by mode of breakage and post-breakage behavior. Critical demanding applications in terms of self-weight saving, like high efficiency elevator cars in buildings or aircrafts and other means of transportation interiors in aerospatial and automotive industries, are currently driving the innovation in the development of safety glass. In this framework, glass-polycarbonate composite panels offer a lightweight alternative which is at once able to preserve the aesthetic and safety aspects of traditional laminated safety glass. The aim of this paper is to present an experimental investigation on the performance under impact of thin glass layer with a cellular polycarbonate backing joined together by an auto-adhesive interlayer film. Different coatings (mirror and paint) at the glass-adhesive interface are also taken into account.