New SAE International Book Offers Actionable Knowledge on Automotive Glass Engineering

WARRENDALE, Pa., March 3, 2014 - A new book from SAE International uses a no-nonsense, step-by-step approach to delve into the variables of automotive glass engineers. “Glass Engineering: Design Solutions for Automotive Applications,” narrows the gap between the reader and a technical subject by using language that is easy to understand, a good variety of examples, and a series of invaluable reference design tables.

The art and science of glass engineering, specifically applied to automotive projects, are not at all commonplace. Although windshields, side, and backlites seem to be obvious parts of any car, truck, or bus, designing, sourcing, and manufacturing them are unique challenges. From the business perspective, cost control makes the choice of the ideal supplier a vital decision, greatly impacting availability and production. From the technical standpoint, the most creative designs can be rendered impractical due to regulations, lack of economies of scale, or convoluted logistics.

Glass Engineering: Design Solutions for Automotive Applications,” is written by Lyn R. Zbinden, a mechanical engineer and glass specialist. With a career spanning over 30 years in the automotive industry, breaks down complex concepts into “knowledge bites,” building up a solid base that both students and practitioners can profit from, and use on a regular basis, for years to come.

 Glass Engineering: Design Solutions for Automotive Applications,” addresses the theme of glass from the manufacturing stage to the design, installation, and warranty aspects. It also flags, along the way, the pitfalls and the important questions to ask. More importantly, it provides the reader with practical ways to solve the not-so-obvious problems associated with the use of automotive glass.

Chapters include:


Ceramics, Raw Materials, and Processing


Glass and Thermal Stress


Forming for Specific Vehicle Positions


Design Guidelines and Applications


Ceramic Frit and Shadeband


Adhesive Bonding


Moldings, Encapsulation, and Related Opportunities


Installation and Post Processing


Testing Tables


Design Rule Tables


Design and Processing Notes and Tables

Book Details:


- Published By: SAE International
- Published: March 2014
- Pages: 136
- Product Code: R-433
- ISBN: 978-0-7680-7999-9
- Price: $76.50; SAE International members save up to 11 percent off list price. This is an introductory price; after introductory offer ends, the list price will be $85.00

For more information, including free front and back matter, or to order “Glass Engineering: Design Solutions for Automotive Applications,” visit

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SAE International is a global association of more than 138,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development. SAE International's charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series.


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