Connecting through the reinforcement – design, testing and construction of a folded reinforced glass structure
AbstractA reinforced glass folded structure has been developed using an innovative connection method. The concept relies on extending the reinforcement outwards from the laminated glass and using it to transfer a significant part of the load. The goal is to accomplish a glass element with high stiffness, connected by using a discrete almost invisible and easily assembled/disassembled mechanism. This paper addresses the main issues regarding the design and fabrication of a 90° folded structure, the experimental investigation of the out-of-plane compressive response and the construction of a full-scale prototype (2,95 m high and 5,5 m long) at the campus of the University of Minho. It is demonstrated that the system offers both structural and aesthetical advantages. It combines a specific aesthetic, deriving from its hybrid character, with a considerable amount of out-of-plane compressive strength before and after failure.
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CARVALHO, Paulo L.; CRUZ, Paulo J. S.; VEER, Frederic A.. Connecting through the reinforcement – design, testing and construction of a folded reinforced glass structure. Journal of Facade Design and Engineering, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 1-2, p. 109-122, may 2015. ISSN 2213-3038. Available at: <https://journals.library.tudelft.nl/index.php/jfde/article/view/884>. Date accessed: 24 may 2018. doi: https://doi.org/10.7480/jfde.2014.1-2.884.
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