Next-Generation Glass Answers Structural Questions

July 19, 2010

Usually deemed brittle and temperamental, glass is being used by architects and engineers who are making a career out of using it not only for self-supporting applications but also for structural uses. It only makes sense, says Graham Dodd, an engineer with Arup’s London office: In spite of its lack of ductility, glass matches aluminum alloys in density and stiffness. It resists heat and cold and is nonflammable – claims that even the best new plastics can’t match.

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