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Challenging Glass 4 & COST Action TU0905 Final Conference

1st Edition

Edited by Christian Louter, Freek Bos, Jan Belis, Jean-Paul Lebet

CRC Press

852 pages

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This proceedings volume of the Challenging Glass 4 & COST Action TU0905 Final Conference, held 6-7 February 2014 at the EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland, represents the Final Action Publication of the European research network COST Action TU0905 “Structural Glass – Novel design methods and next generation products”. It contains nearly 100 peer-reviewed papers – published by more than 180 authors from 22 different countries – that focus on the architectural and structural applications of glass in structures and facades. As such, it provides a profound state-of-the-art of structural glass design and engineering. A must-read for all architects, engineers, scientists, industry partners and other enthusiasts interested in this rapidly evolving and challenging domain.

Table of Contents


COST – European Cooperation in Science and Technology

COST Action TU0905 Structural Glass – Novel design methods and next generation products

J. Belis, C. Louter, J. Neugebauer & J. Schneider

Activity report of COST Action TU0905 Working Group 1 – Predicting complex loads on glass structures

M. Vandebroek, J. Neugebauer, M. Larcher, V. Rajcic & R. Zarnic

Activity report of COST Action TU0905 Working Group 2 – Material characterization and material improvement

J. Schneider, R. Karvinen, M. Vandebroek & G. Savineau

Activity report of COST Action TU0905 Working Group 3 – Post-fracture performance and integrated design methods

M. Overend & D. Honfi

Activity report of COST Action TU0905 Working Group 4 – Novel glass assemblies

C. Louter, F. Wellershoff, O. Marina, M. Stavrić, C. Bedon & J. Belis


Building envelopes – A permeable interface for daylight and solar harvesting

M. Andersen

Responding to challenge

G. Dodd


M. Grohmann

Smooth free-form glass skins

J. Raynaud

Searching for common sense solutions – When the human aspect guides technology

P. Vincent


Parametrically generated geometry of the glass metal reinforcement layer

O. Marina, B. Trajanoska & E. Filipovska

Electronically tintable glass – Greater design freedom without compromise

H. Sanders & A. Andreau-Wiedenmaier


The transparent façade of the future – Maximizing transparency with self-supporting glass façades

K. Doulkari

Interior stress monitoring of laminated cold bent glass with fibre bragg sensors

T. Fildhuth & J. Knippers

Recovery behaviour of laminated cold bent glass – Numerical analysis and testing

T. Fildhuth, J. Knippers, F. Bindji-Odzili, N. Baldassini & S. Pennetier

Thermal load analysis of cylindrically bent insulating glass units

N. Penkova,V. Iliev, L. Zashcova & J. Neugebauer

Discretization of double curved surface

M. Stavrić, M. Manahl & A. Wiltsche

Thermally curved glass for the building envelope

C. Timm & J. Chase

Principal strains in foam spacer systems of curved double glazed units under climatic loads

F. Wellershoff & M. Förch


A novel glass façade meeting compliance with high environmental targets

H. De Bleecker, C. Scholz, D. Mocibob & P. Standaert

The Broad – Highly sophisticated glass façade behind a GFRC veil

S. Feirabend, P. Eckardt & M. Benning

Development of a process mapping for glass façade renovations

B. Marradi & M. Overend

Causes of distortion

J. Neugebauer & M. Stavrić

Analytical extension of a climate load model for undercut point fitted IGU

M. Tibolt, O. Hechler & C. Odenbreit


Hybrid steel-fibre reinforced glass beams – Experimental and numerical analysis

S. Agnetti & E. Speranzini

Static and dynamic testing of timber-glass composite wall panels

B. Ber, M. Premrov, A. Strukelj, I. Sustersic & B. Dujic

The design, testing and construction of a folded reinforced glass structure

P.L. Carvalho, P.J.S. Cruz & F.A. Veer

Application of timber‐glass composite (TGC) structures for building construction

A. Fadai & W. Winter

A 12 meter long segmented post-tensioned steel-glass beam (TVT Gamma)

M. Froli & V. Mamone

Numerical modelling of a laminated glass beam reinforced with pre-stressed cables

S. Jordão, M. Pinho, J.P. Martins, A. Santiago & P.J.S. Cruz

Experimental investigation on timber-glass composite I-beams

M. Kozłowski, E. Serrano & B. Enquist

The mechanical performance of adhesively bonded steel-glass composite panels – Medium-scale tests and numerical models

S. Nhamoinesu, M. Overend, V.A. Silvestru, & O. Englhardt

Application study for hybrid adhesively bonded glass-steel façade elements

V.A. Silvestru & O. Englhardt

Deformation of Spannglass beams during post-tensioning

B. Weller & M. Engelmann


DuraSeal – Durability design of insulating glass units – A status report

S. Buddenberg, J. Beyer & M. Oechsner

Insulating glass with flexible spacers in architectural glass applications

C. Rubel

A finite element for insulating glass units

D. Velchev & I.V. Ivanov


Structural steel-glass façade panels with multiple flanks bonded joints

B. Abeln, C. Richter & M. Feldmann

Embedded point fittings in laminated and double insulating units

P.J.S. Cruz, P.L. Carvalho, E. Silva & P. Rocha

Experimental research on the failure of adhesive point-fixings between annealed and metal under uniaxial load

J. Dispersyn, T. Van der Biest & J. Belis

Novel laminar silicone applications

F. Doebbel, U. Mueller, M. Teich & S. Marinitsch

Effects of surface pretreatments on adhesive properties of glass and metals

C. Kothe & B. Weller

Folded plate structures made of glass laminates

S. Marinitsch, C. Schranz & M. Teich

Trends and requirements for adhesives with load bearing role

M. Netusil & M. Eliasova

The mechanical behavior of SentryGlas® and TSSA laminated polymers in cured and uncured state in uniaxial tensile test

M. Santarsiero, C. Louter & J-P. Lebet

Stress calculation of point fixed glazing – New aspects

M. Seel & G. Siebert

Experimental and numerical study on GFRP-glass adhesively bonded joints

L. Valarinho, J.R. Correia, F.A. Branco & J. Sena-Cruz

Durable high design strength in glass curtain wall

P. Vandereecken, M. Elliott & M. Plettau

A mounting element for higher modulus adhesive bonding of photovoltaic modules

B. Weller & L. Tautenhahn


Weathering of laminated glass – Degradation of interlayer mechanical properties

L. Andreozzi, F. Zulli, S. Briccoli Bati, M. Fagone & G. Ranocchiai

Point-fixed SentryGlas® overhead glazing – 11 years ageing performance

M. Gallizia, J. Scheers, F. Arbos & C. Teixidor

The design of laminated glass under time-dependent bending and buckling

L. Galuppi & G. Royer-Carfagni

Influence of environmental stresses to the ageing behaviour of interlayer

M. Kothe & B. Weller

Mechanical behaviour of polymer interlayers in explosion resistant glazing

J. Kuntsche & J. Schneider

The effects of environmental impacts on durability of laminated glass plates with interlayers (SG, EVA, PVB)

T. Serafinavicius, J-P. Lebet, C. Louter, A. Kuranovas & T. Lenkimas

Glass balustrades and French balconies – Design and testing

B. Siebert

Mechanical response of laminated glass plates subjected to impact loading

S. Van Dam, J. Pelfrene, W. Van Paepegem & D. Lecompte


Parametric 2D numerical investigation of the structural response of SG-laminated reinforced glass beams

C. Bedon & C. Louter

Numerical analysis of the debonding of the adhesive interlayer in a laminated glass plate

F. Bernard, B. Krour, S. Benyoucef & B. Fahsi

Efficient finite element models of laminated glass subjected to low-velocity impact

I.V. Ivanov & T. Sadowski

Numerical investigation on optimizing the process for stronger tempered glass

J.H. Nielsen

Numerical and experimental study of the peel test for assessment of the glass-PVB interface properties in laminated glass

J. Pelfrene, S. Van Dam & W. Van Paepegem

Investigations on determining the bending strength of thin glass

J. Spitzhüttl, G. Nehring & I. Maniatis

Load-bearing behaviour of splice-laminated glass beams for wide spans

E. Trösch & B. Kassnel-Henneberg

Strain distribution of thin out-of-plane loaded glass plates by photogrammetry

B. Weller & L. Tautenhahn & T. Sauerborn


The glass Sphinx – Theory to reality

F.P. Bos, T. van der Heijden & R. Geurts

Engaging transparency to empower community

J. Colistra & N. Vakil

Security and testing of the operable double skin facades of the Intesa San Paolo Tower in Turin

P. Demontis & N. Baldassini

Cable stayed glass façade in the market hall – Rotterdam

M. Eekhout & P. van de Rotten

Glass elevator shaft for the Mauritshuis – The Hague

M. Eekhout & W. van der Sluis

Form-stabilized glass façade for Erasmus Medical Center – Rotterdam

M. Eekhout & L. Weber

Analysis of glass fin moment connection for the building KAFD 1.14

T. Gere

Tottenham Court Road Station –

Plaza entrances structures and buildings – “structural glass”

J. Ludwig

Long span glass structures

G. Nieri & E. Trösch

Glass columns

R. Nijsse & E.H.J. ten Brincke

Safety and feasibility of an all glass bridge with hot bended corrugated glass beams

E.H.J. ten Brincke & R. Nijsse

All-glass enclosures – Spaces for working and living

P. Wilson


Stability of flat glass panels under combined in-plane compression and shear

C. Bedon & C. Amadio

Stability of glass elements – TG12 final report

C. Bedon, J. Belis, O. Englhardt, A. Luible, D. Mocibob & S. Reich

Strengthening effect of structural sealants on the LTB behaviour of glass beams

J. Belis & C. Bedon

Large deformations and snap-through instability of cold-bent glass

L. Galuppi, S. Massimiani & G. Royer-Carfagni

The strength of enamelled glass

P. Krampe

Multi-scale analysis of structural glass strength

G. Molnár & I. Bojtár

A PUFEM model for glass strength in stress-corrosion regime

C. Ronchetti, G. Salerno & A. Bilotta

Load-bearing glass columns – The stacked column

R.J.H. van Heugten, P.M. Teuffel, G. Lindner & R. Nijsse

Influence of the number of test specimens on glass strength estimates

M. Vandebroek, R. Caspeele, J. Belis & C. Louter

The relation between pre-stress and failure stress in tempered glass

F.A. Veer & Y.M. Rodichev

Loss of strength due to damage close to load bearing holes in annealed and fully tempered glass

F.A. Veer, R. Nijsse & A.C. Riemslag

The mechanical performance of bi-treated glass

M. Zaccaria & M. Overend

Ultrasonic examination of sheet glass macrostructure

V.A. Zubkov & N.V. Kondratieva


Performance of structural glass during fire

S. Bawa, L. Ji & P. Lenk

The works on a Eurocode for structural glass – Report from CEN TC 250/WG 3

M. Feldmann & R. Kasper

Investigations of correlation between snow, wind and temperature during periods of snow

N. Grammou & J. Schneider

Why glass structures fail? – Learning from failures of glass structures

D. Honfi, A. Reith, L.G. Vigh & Gy. Stocker

Reliability assessment of glass structures subjected to extreme loading

P. Lenk & M. Baran

Factory production control for glass in structural application

E. Mognato, A. Barbieri & M. Schiavonato

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