IWCA Glass Research
Jeff Klass co chairman of the IWCA Glass Committee was quoted at this years 2019 IWCA Convention as saying- “Safety saves lives Glass Research saves livelihoods”. That’s such a true statement. The issue of glass damage and window cleaners being blamed for it, can have very serious consequences on the bottom line of a business.
Two classes were presented by IWCA Glass Committee chairman Paul West at this years convention. The classes were based on the ongoing research being done on glass at Penn State University by scientist S. H Kim. The presentations presented some fascinating research being conducted that challenges conventional wisdom about the understanding of glass and how it reacts to various exposures and elements. One preliminary finding that is fascinating is a sample piece of tempered glass was sent to Kim at Penn State University. The glass was scraped using a razor to see if glass fines could be noted on the blade. They were able to achieve their goal and get their test sample as the blade did indeed produce a dust and was able to be analyzed. The findings presented something that nobody was expecting while silica was present it was not unusually high however there was a very high level of aluminum found in the sampling. What does it mean? Does it occur repeatedly on tempered surfaces? Where does the aluminum come from? These questions are being further studied for answers by Dr Kim at Penn State University.