Design and testing of glass purlins for a 100m2 transparent pavilion

J.L.I.F. Belis, R. Van Impe, P.C. Louter, F.A. Veer, F.P. Bos

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The roof structure of a new type of “completely transparent” pavilion measuring approximately 10 m by 10 m has been designed and constructed in only three months. In order to reach this challenging goal, researchers of Delft University of Technology and Ghent University have bundled their expertise in a successful partnership. The purlins in the roof structure have been applied as supports against vertical loads, as well as critical components for the global stability of the whole structure. Since the available time for the project included production, transport and construction, there was only very limited time left for the design and development. For this reason, the design of the 14 necessary purlins with a span of approximately 3.6 m had to allow a maximum flexibility regarding to other structural components which were varying constantly as well during the development process. Different boundary conditions and constructional aspects have been considered to develop the final purlin system, which combined folio laminated glass with a glued metal reinforcement. After deconstruction of the roof structure, all purlins have been experimentally tested.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlass Processing Days 2005
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2005
Externally publishedYes
Event9th Glass Processing Days 2005 - Tampere, Finland
Duration: 17 Jun 200520 Jun 2005


Conference9th Glass Processing Days 2005


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