Glass Structures

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134GLST Z,ZK 2 1P+1C English
Martina Eliášová (guarantor)
Michal Netušil
Department of Steel and Timber Structures

The course is intending to introduce the students the field of structural applications of glass and to give them some specific skills for calculation and detailing of for basic glass structures: panes beams and fins, columns and walls, point-supported glass, as well as for glazing systems such as glass facades, canopies and roofs, stairs and floors. On this purpose the properties of glass as structural material will be presented in comparison with other basic building materials, together with selected examples of glass/glazing applications. Design details and connecting technology, relevant technical regulations, specification and current methods applied in design will be described. Worked examples will accompany the lectures for better understanding, and design project will help to fix specific knowledge.


no prerequisities

Syllabus of lectures:

1. History and composition, glass as a structural material - structural and non-structural properties, fracture strength of glass, testing methods

2. Laminated glass and interlayers, fire resistant glass, insulated glass units,

3. Current design methods, load cases, European design codes for glass structures, design of compressed glass members

4. Design of bent glass members, hybrid structural elements with glass

5. Curved glass, balustrades, staircases, bolted connection of glass elements

6. Glued connection, glass facades, glass pavilions and bridges

7. Glass in architecture - relevant examples

Syllabus of tutorials:

1. Design of glass balustrade - single, double or triple layered glass

2. Design of glass column

3. Design of glass beam / glass fin

4. Design of design of hybrid steel - glass beam

5. Design of cold bent glass canopy

Study Objective:

To learn material properties of glass and principal rules for design of glass structural members. To introduce basic ideas of design glass members and their connections.

Study materials:

[1] Structural Use of Glass in Buildings (2nd edition): The Institution of Structural Engineers, 2014, ISBN 978-1-906335-25-0

[2] Nijsse R.: Glass in Structures, Birkhauser, 2003. ISBN 3-7643-6439-4

[3] Wurm J.: Glass Structures, Birkhauser, 2007, ISBN 978-3-7643-7608-6

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