An experimental study of the effect of zinc treatment on float glass

J.N. De Carvalho, J.A.S. Cleaver, N.F. Kirkby, P.A. Holmes

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Float glass is susceptible to corrosion and staining by water and it has been known for over 60 years that treating the glass with zinc can inhibit this process. The effect of zinc treatment on the corrosion flux of water into float glass was measured by a gravimetric technique and was compared with untreated samples. The corrosion flux after 300 mins for an untreated sample was 11-8 times higher than that of a zinc-treated sample exposed at 15°C, 9-25 times higher at 20°C and 2•85 times higher at 30°C. Preliminary results on the ageing effect of the zinc treatment on float glass are also reported. Surface analysis techniques were used to identify the presence of zinc on treated samples.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-22
Number of pages9
JournalGlass Technology: European Journal of Glass Science and Technology Part A
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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