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


IASS Symposium 2016

SESSION: Shell Structures

Glass Hybrid Structures - Towards Novel Lightweight Transparent Building Envelopes

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  • Proceedings Name: IASS 2016 Tokyo Symposium: Spatial Structures in the 21st Century
  • ISSN: (Electronic Version) 2518-6582
  • Session: Shell Structures
  • Pages: 10
  • Title: Glass Hybrid Structures - Towards Novel Lightweight Transparent Building Envelopes
  • Author(s): Oliver Englhardt, Vlad Silvestru, Georg Kolany
  • Keywords: lightweight structures, facade, surface structures, hybrid, glass, buckling, energy
Abstract
This paper focuses on transparent self-carrying building envelopes using the hybrid load-bearing behavior of glass-metal-structures. The main idea on which the project is based is the activation of the in-plane load bearing capacity of the glass panes. Increasing requirements regarding the energetic and sustainable performance of building envelopes coupled with high geometrical complexity and the demand for maximal transparency lead to facade concepts, where the involved elements and materials are used at the highest possible level according to their properties. An optimized structural behavior for glazed building envelopes is the main theme of the research project Glass Building Skins. This requires complex investigations of load-paths between the metal frame and the glass pane of one element as well as between several elements, selection of suitable materials for proper load-transfer as well as consideration of building physics related aspects.

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