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wire glass[′wīr ‚glas]
(safety glass), silicate sheet glass into which a metallic net has been pressed during formation. Wire glass is used for glass enclosures of the apertures and roofs of buildings and structures and for see-through walls, barriers, stairwell enclosures, elevator shafts, and other applications. It is produced by continuous rolling. When subject to a blow or to the action of high temperatures, wire glass does not shatter. It can be cut and broken without shattering. The metallic net is made of wire .35-.45 mm in diameter. The dimensions of wire glass produced in the USSR are length, 1,200–2,000 mm; width, 400–1,500 mm; and thickness, 0.7–5.5 mm. Wire glass allows the passage of not less than 65 percent of light striking it.