American Society of Civil Engineers


Structural Use of Glass


by Stephen R. Ledbetter, (corresponding author), (Centre for Window and Cladding Technol., Univ. of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY, U.K. E-mail: cwct@bath.ac.uk), Andrew R. Walker, (Centre for Window and Cladding Technol., Univ. of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY, U.K. E-mail: cwct@bath.ac.uk), and Alan P. Keiller, (Centre for Window and Cladding Technol., Univ. of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath BA2 7AY, U.K. E-mail: cwct@bath.ac.uk)

Journal of Architectural Engineering, Vol. 12, No. 3, September 2006, pp. 137-149, (doi:  http://dx.doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)1076-0431(2006)12:3(137))

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Document type: Journal Paper
Abstract: This paper introduces the materials, design methods, and details used to create glass structures from small unframed glazing screens to the largest glass walls and roofs. It includes information on the use of glass in floors, staircases, and bridges. The purpose of this paper is to give a state-of-the-art overview of current technology and to look at ideas being developed in the laboratory. Glass is an unforgiving material and the paper explains the measures taken to reduce risk of failure.


ASCE Subject Headings:
Glass
Failures
Walls
Roofs