Reinforced, insulated glazing for large windows

Donzé, Marc; Brunner, Maurice Yaw; Uehlinger, Urs (2016). Reinforced, insulated glazing for large windows In: 11th Conference on Advanced Building Skin 2016. Bern, Schweiz. 10.-11.10.2016.

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In modern buildings, the ever-increasing size of glazing in the building skin means that stronger and larger frames are needed. At the same time, modern design calls for small frame sections in order to let in as much light as possible through the windows and to allow free view. Both goals - larger glazing surfaces and smaller frames - could be achieved if the glass could be strengthened to take over the structural duty of the window frame. Researchers at the Bern University of Applied Sciences have investigated a new type of window: the insulated glass element is strengthened by gluing on at its edges a U-profile, made of glass fibers and polyester (GFP). The research included simulation modeling to research different parameters such as the window size and the properties of the U-profile, the insulating glass and the adhesive. The subsequent tests confirmed that composite action can increase the rigidity of the glass window by up to 8 times, and the loadbearing capacity by a factor of 2.5. These positive results are the basis for further research to refine the system with regard to functionality and economical manufacture.

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School of Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering
School of Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering > Institute for Timber Construction, Structures and Architecture
School of Architecture, Wood and Civil Engineering > AHB Teaching


Donzé, Marc;
Brunner, Maurice Yaw and
Uehlinger, Urs


T Technology > TH Building construction




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26 Feb 2020 12:37

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Reinforcement of insulating glass Glued composite system Structural system Glazing




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