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IASS 2016 Tokyo Symposium: Spatial Structures in the 21st Century


IASS Symposium 2016

SESSION: New Approaches, Materials & Construction Methods

Experiences with new space structures materials

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  • Proceedings Name: IASS 2016 Tokyo Symposium: Spatial Structures in the 21st Century
  • ISSN: (Electronic Version) 2518-6582
  • Session: New Approaches, Materials & Construction Methods
  • Pages: 10
  • Title: Experiences with new space structures materials
  • Author(s): Stefan Reich, Jan Ebert
  • Keywords: glass, roof, space structure, transparent, load bearing glazing
Abstract
Space grid structures experienced their summit the third quarter of the last century. The structural principles were described and thousands of steel space grid structures built. Nowadays advancement of space grids only happen in the use of new materials replacing structural elements.In 2016, the authors are pleased to announce that since seven years a new type of space grid structures perfectly have fulfilled its task in the German capital Berlin.The structure bases on a steel double layer grid, but all members in the compression layer are replaced by glass panes. The glazing serves either as the primary load bearing system or roof covering. The glass pane corners are fixed in steel knots and transfer in-plane forces via adjustable high performance plastic blocks.The structure has been monitored since seven years and proofed the designed long time characteristics of proper plastic materials within a new, sophisticated space grid structure.

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