SAE International Book Offers Actionable Knowledge on Automotive Glass Engineering

A 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: $85.00; SAE Members save up to 20% off list price.


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

To request an electronic review copy of the book, email . Forward published reviews to Shawn Andreassi at or SAE International, 400 Commonwealth Dr., Warrendale PA, 15096-0001, or to receive a print copy of the book or another equivalent SAE International book.


SAE International is a global association committed to being the ultimate knowledge source for the engineering profession. By uniting over 145,000 engineers and technical experts, we drive knowledge and expertise across a broad spectrum of industries. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering. We strive for a better world through the work of our philanthropic SAE Foundation, including programs like A World in Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series™.


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