AGRT Facility, CSIR-CGCRI

Architectural Glass Research and Testing (AGRT) Facility

Architectural Glass Research and Testing (AGRT) Facility is a joint initiative of CSIR - Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute and Glazing Society of India (GSI). It is an advanced facility established at the Glass Division in CGCRI, Kolkata, for research and testing of energy performance, materials characteristics and safety and structural performance of architectural glass, Glazing system and its associated materials.

This research and testing facility along with Glazing Society of India would support the entire glass construction value chain with its strong research and testing capacities. This initiative would support in the implementation of the National Codes and Standards for the use of architectural glass in modern buildings.

Energy Performance Testing:

Products

Testing / Parameters

Clear Glass, Tinted Glass , Coated Glass and DGU

Solar Direct Transmittance,

Solar Direct Reflectance Internal

Solar Direct Reflectance External

Light Direct Transmittance

Light Direct Reflectance Internal

Light Direct Reflectance External

UV Transmittance

Solar Factor (SHGC)

Shading Co-efficient (SC)

Emissivity & U Value

Other Parameter

*As per International Standards (ISO 9050 / EN 410 / NFRC 300-2010 / EN 673)

 

 Safety & Structural Performance Testing:

Products

Testing / Parameters *

Heat Strengthened Glass

Thickness and Dimension, Fragmentation , Surface Compression, Waviness

Toughened Safety Glass

Thickness and Dimension, Fragmentation , Surface compression, Bend / Bow, Waviness  Object Impact Resistance (Ball Drop), Human Impact Resistance (Shot Bag)

Laminated Safety Glass

Thickness and Dimension,  High temperature test (Bake test & Boil test), Humidity test (With Condensation / Without Condensation), Light Stability test/ Radiation test, Object Impact Resistance (Ball Drop), Human Impact Resistance (Shot Bag)

Insulating Glass Unit

Dew/Frost point, Desiccant test, Moisture Penetration Index, Argon Level test, Shore A hardness, Adhesion quality of Sealant

*As per India Standards & Other International Standards

 

Durability testing of Architectural Coated and Mirror Products 

Product

Type of Testing *

Float Glass

Visible Light Transmittance

Tin side detection

Determination of Optical faults

Determination of visual Faults

Bloom

Coated Glass

Resistance to Solar Radiation

Resistance to condensation

Resistance to acidic environment

Resistance to Saline atmosphere

Resistance to abrasion

*As per India Standards & Other International Standards

 

Establishment of testing facilities for evaluating the Float glass quality, Safety performance of architectural Glass and durability of Coated glass & Mirror glass is under progress.