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Evaluating external coatings as a tool for safer freeform glass structures

Jan Belis (UGent) , Bram De Cleen (UGent) , Frank Verwimp (UGent) , Didier Delincé (UGent) and Rudy Van Impe (UGent)
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In spite of several small successes that have been accomplished with e.g. the welding of glass for building applications [1], [2], a fundamental safety problem still needs to be solved: fused or welded glass is monolithic and brittle. Traditional laminating techniques cannot be used for several reasons, e.g. because polymer interlayers will burn or disintegrate when exposed to temperatures needed for glass fusing or welding. Consequently, this contribution will focus on external coatings, mostly polymers, which can be applied at the outer surface of a monolithic glass structure. The purpose of the coatings is to form a safety film, which prevents shattering of the glass pieces and/or ensures a certain level of post-breakage strength and stiffness. A limited number of selected products will be tested experimentally on small test specimens, illustrating some of the potentials and limits of this technology in architectural freeform glass applications.
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failure mechanisms, glass column, structural safety, coating, Glass structures, freeform design

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Belis, Jan, Bram De Cleen, Frank Verwimp, et al. “Evaluating External Coatings as a Tool for Safer Freeform Glass Structures.” IASS Symposium 2009, Valencia, Book of Abstracts. Ed. Alberto Domingo & Carlos Lázaro. Valencia, Spain: Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, 2009. 226–227. Print.
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Belis, Jan, De Cleen, B., Verwimp, F., Delincé, D., & Van Impe, R. (2009). Evaluating external coatings as a tool for safer freeform glass structures. In A. Domingo & C. Lázaro (Eds.), IASS Symposium 2009, Valencia, Book of abstracts (pp. 226–227). Presented at the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) symposium : Evolution and trends in design, analysis and construction of shell and spatial structures, Valencia, Spain: Universidad Politécnica de Valencia.
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Belis, Jan, Bram De Cleen, Frank Verwimp, Didier Delincé, and Rudy Van Impe. 2009. “Evaluating External Coatings as a Tool for Safer Freeform Glass Structures.” In IASS Symposium 2009, Valencia, Book of Abstracts, ed. Alberto Domingo and Carlos Lázaro, 226–227. Valencia, Spain: Universidad Politécnica de Valencia.
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Belis, Jan, Bram De Cleen, Frank Verwimp, Didier Delincé, and Rudy Van Impe. 2009. “Evaluating External Coatings as a Tool for Safer Freeform Glass Structures.” In IASS Symposium 2009, Valencia, Book of Abstracts, ed. Alberto Domingo and Carlos Lázaro, 226–227. Valencia, Spain: Universidad Politécnica de Valencia.
Vancouver
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Belis J, De Cleen B, Verwimp F, Delincé D, Van Impe R. Evaluating external coatings as a tool for safer freeform glass structures. In: Domingo A, Lázaro C, editors. IASS Symposium 2009, Valencia, Book of abstracts. Valencia, Spain: Universidad Politécnica de Valencia; 2009. p. 226–7.
IEEE
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J. Belis, B. De Cleen, F. Verwimp, D. Delincé, and R. Van Impe, “Evaluating external coatings as a tool for safer freeform glass structures,” in IASS Symposium 2009, Valencia, Book of abstracts, Valencia, Spain, 2009, pp. 226–227.
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  abstract     = {{In spite of several small successes that have been accomplished with e.g. the welding of glass for building applications [1], [2], a fundamental safety problem still needs to be solved: fused or welded glass is monolithic and brittle. Traditional laminating techniques cannot be used for several reasons, e.g. because polymer interlayers will burn or disintegrate when exposed to temperatures needed for glass fusing or welding.
Consequently, this contribution will focus on external coatings, mostly polymers, which can be applied at the outer surface of a monolithic glass structure. The purpose of the coatings is to form a safety film, which prevents shattering of the glass pieces and/or ensures a certain level of post-breakage strength and stiffness. A limited number of selected products will be tested experimentally on small test specimens, illustrating some of the potentials and limits of this technology in architectural freeform glass applications.}},
  author       = {{Belis, Jan and De Cleen, Bram and Verwimp, Frank and Delincé, Didier and Van Impe, Rudy}},
  booktitle    = {{IASS Symposium 2009, Valencia, Book of abstracts}},
  editor       = {{Domingo, Alberto and Lázaro, Carlos}},
  isbn         = {{978-84-8363-459-2}},
  keywords     = {{failure mechanisms,glass column,structural safety,coating,Glass structures,freeform design}},
  language     = {{eng}},
  location     = {{Valencia, Spain}},
  pages        = {{226--227}},
  publisher    = {{Universidad Politécnica de Valencia}},
  title        = {{Evaluating external coatings as a tool for safer freeform glass structures}},
  year         = {{2009}},
}