Glass sandwich panel

Glass has fascinated architects all over the world for its most characteristic feature, transparency. In addition, glass has a higher compressive strength than that of concrete, wood or even steel. These properties have led to a constantly increasing demand for structural glass components. In such structural applications, the glass elements are dimensioned in such a way that they meet the desired stiffness and strength requirements. Therefore, they are thick and heavy and often need a substantial and visible supporting substructure. Glass sandwich structures are a promising solution for creating fully transparent flat elements with high stiffness and lower weight. Such panels can reduce material consumption, while the need for a supporting substructure is much less. Researchers from the Glass & Transparency Group at TU Delft, the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at TU Delft developed and tested an innovative, all-glass sandwich panel.

According to them, the prototype they made showed the potential of glass sandwich panels as a relatively lightweight and transparent but at the same time rigid structural component. Similar sandwich panels may also be used as fa├žade elements. And not only transparent glass facades can be made according to this principle, facades with integrated climate control are also on the horizon.

Onderzoekers: Dimitrios Vitalis, Faidra Oikonomopoulou, Frederic A. Veer, Vicente Plaza Gonzalez

Technoledge student team: Liesanne Wieleman, MJ Veenendaal, Joep Nizet, Bram Rooijakkers, Charbel Saleh, Franke de Haan, Anne Bruggen

Collaborators: Lida Barou, Serdar Asut

Much more about the research in Innovative Materials number 1 2018