Load-bearing glass columns: the stacked column

R.J.H. van Heugten, P. Teuffel, G. Lindner, R. Nijsse

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The technique of stacking glass panels is used by well-known artists and sculptors from all over the world to combine the tactile qualities of glass and the ability to transform light whilst exploiting its compressive strength. This paper presents the conducted research into the potential of this technique, used as a load-bearing glass column (figure 1). For this concept contrary to other concepts of load-bearing glass columns, loads are introduced over the flaf surface of the glass panels, rather than on the edges. In principle the (theoretical) compressive strength can 'fully' be utilized, as the strenth of the glass surface is considerably higher than the strength of the edges. A number of investigative laboratory tests have been conducted to gain a better understandig of the parameters determining its potential load-bearing capacity.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Challenging Glass 4 & COST Action TU0905 final conference, 6-7 february 2014, Lausanne, Switzerland
EditorsChristian Louter, Freek Bos, Jan Belis, Jean-Paul Lebet
Place of PublicationBoca Raton
PublisherCRC Press Taylor & Francis Group
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-315-79647-5
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-00164-0
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event4th Challenging Glass Conference (CGC 2014) - Lausanne, Switzerland
Duration: 6 Feb 20147 Feb 2014
Conference number: 4


Conference4th Challenging Glass Conference (CGC 2014)
Abbreviated titleCGC
OtherChallenging Glass 4 was held in conjunction with the COST Action TU0905 Final Conference, 6+7 February 2014 at the EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland.


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