SED 10 (print) Structural Use of Glass

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Structural Use of Glass, by Matthias Haldimann, Andreas Luible, Mauro Overend, ISBN 978-3-85748-119-2, published in 2008. Recent architectural trends and technological developments have brought about unprecedented opportunities and exciting changes in the use of glass in buildings. Structural engineers currently have a bewildering array of glass products and configurations to choose from and a wide range of normal and exceptional loading conditions to consider, but very few unified reference texts for undertaking these tasks. This book attempts to redress this issue by providing an overview of the recent developments in this field thereby providing a basis for the understanding of the structural performance and design of glass in buildings.








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All common applications of architectural glass may be deemed as ‘structural’. A small glass pane in a traditional four-edge supported window frame must withstand self-weight, wind-induced pressures, thermal strains and occasional cleaning loads. Unsurprisingly there are several suitable guidelines and adequate rules of thumb that enable appropriate design of these traditional applications. Recent architectural trends and technological developments have brought about unprecedented opportunities and major changes in the use of glass in buildings. These include the use of large area glass panels; the use of glass in areas traditionally reserved for other materials such as roofs, floors, staircases and partitions; a vast selection of improved glass products; a wide range of novel support and connection details including bolted glass. The consequence of these exciting applications is that glass is often subjected to onerous actions and complex states of stress. Furthermore the glass may now contribute to the integrity of the overall structure and the consequence of failure is considerably greater, such that the glass has a more ‘structural’ role than the small glass pane in the traditional four-edge supported window. In such applications the traditional rules of thumb are of little assistance as the simplifying assumptions embedded within them no longer hold true and cannot be extrapolated from the specific glass product and simple boundary conditions for which they were devised.

Structural engineers currently have a bewildering array of glass products and configurations to choose from and a wide range of normal and exceptional loading conditions to consider, but very few unified reference texts for undertaking these tasks. This book attempts to redress this issue by providing an overview of the recent developments in this field thereby providing a basis for the understanding of the structural performance and design of glass in buildings.

The book is primarily for structural engineers and researchers who have an interest in structural glass. It draws on topics from many specialist areas such as manufacturing, materials science, fracture mechanics, computational analysis, reliability and forensic engineering and is therefore also relevant to professionals in this field. The level is appropriate for senior undergraduates, post-graduate students, researchers and practising engineers.

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Weight 0.504 kg