The Pilkington Planar™ System - Technical Advice

Finite Element Analysis

    DESIGN LOADS

    A structural glass system has to be aesthetically pleasing, but must also withstand a variety of loads. Positive and negative wind loads as well as snow loads must be resisted by the system and transferred through the fixing locations. On occasion, there can be further advanced requirements to accomodate impact, blast wave or thermal loading. Pilkington's design team are familiar with all such load cases and are equipped with the analysis tools to provide the complete façade solution.

    In general the Pilkington Planar™ system uses a combination of thickness of glass, panel size and number of fixings to accommodate the magnitude and nature of the various incident loads. Single Glazed Pilkington Planar™ is available in a range of thicknesses from 10-19mm, while other glass constructions such as Single Glazed Laminated and both Double & Triple Glazed Insulating Glass Units are also available to accommodate your specification requirements.

    Pilkington Planar™ can be supplied in any orientation however when designing skylights and canopies it is advisable to specify a minimum 3 degree slope to eliminate ponding of water on the glass.