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|1. (WO2017020041) THERMALLY STRENGTHENED GLASS AND RELATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS|
|Inventors:||MASCHMEYER, Richard Orr
THOMAS, John Christopher
WASSON, Kevin Lee
|Title:||THERMALLY STRENGTHENED GLASS AND RELATED SYSTEMS AND METHODS|
A strengthened glass or glass-ceramic sheet or article as well as processes and systems for making the strengthened glass or glass-ceramic sheet or article are provided. The process comprises cooling the glass sheet by non-contact thermal conduction for sufficiently long to fix a surface compression and central tension of the sheet. The process results in thermally strengthened glass sheets. The systems and processes discussed herein are configured to strengthen and/or shape non-planar glass sheets, such as partial cylindrical, partial toroidal and partial spherical, glass sheets.