Corning and Ford to Deliver Joint Research on Lightweight Glass Solutions at SAE World Congress and Exhibition


Corning and Ford to Deliver Joint Research on Lightweight Glass Solutions at SAE

Corning and Ford Deliver Joint Research at SAE

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Corning and Ford to Deliver Joint Research on Lightweight Glass Solutions at SAE World Congress and Exhibition
Corning and Ford to Deliver Joint Research on Lightweight Glass Solutions at SAE World Congress and Exhibition
CORNING, N.Y. | Corning Incorporated | April 11, 2016

Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) today announced that the company will be delivering a joint research paper with the Ford Motor Company about thin, lightweight glass for automotive windshields. This paper will be presented on Tuesday, April 12, during the SAE World Congress and Exhibition at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan.

The research with Ford demonstrates the damage resistance and performance of a windshield constructed with three layers: Corning® Gorilla® Glass for Automotive as the inner layer, a plastic adhesive interlayer, and annealed soda lime glass as the outer layer. This construction was compared with windshields made of conventional soda lime glass.

“Our joint research focused on windshield laminate construction designs that deliver significant lightweighting, while still demonstrating high product performance in terms of stone impact,” said Thomas Cleary, manager of reliability sciences at Corning.

The lab research simulated the conditions of a stone impacting a windshield made with either the conventional glass or Gorilla Glass laminate constructions.

“These tests demonstrate that thin windshield constructions (equal to or less than 4 millimeters thick) made with conventional glass exhibit a high frequency of inner-ply fracturing, whereas laminates that include a layer of Gorilla Glass show zero occurrences of inner-ply breakage when subjected to the impact test,” said Cleary. “The windshields with Gorilla Glass provide a more damage-resistant and lighter solution.”

"Ford is eager to present this research with Corning and demonstrate why a windshield with Gorilla Glass is setting new innovation and performance standards for the automotive industry as demonstrated on the Ford GT,” said Chester Walawender, Body Exterior - Global Core Systems Engineering, Ford Motor Company.

The full details of this testing and the joint research paper will be presented during the SAE World Congress and Exhibition at the Cobo Center in room 313 B at 10 a.m. EDT.

Ford and Corning have worked together for more than four decades on emissions control technologies, and both companies are building on that long collaboration to innovate with Gorilla Glass for Automotive. Late last year, Corning and Ford announced that the Ford GT would be the first production vehicle to use lightweight Gorilla Glass in a windshield application.

Corning’s Environmental Technologies business will also be presenting technical papers during the SAE World Congress and Exhibition on the topics of next-generation substrates and filters for emissions control. 

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