Glass Structure - Pilkington

Support structures, located internally or externally, can use glass mullions, a conventional steel construction or tension structure designs, to be as subtle or dominant as appropriate. Any structural glazing systems require toughened, heat strengthened and heats-soaked glass products which can be supplied by some of our processing sites in Europe. Our Pilkington Profilit™ system using channel glass offers possibility to achieve interesting type of glass structures that can also be ...

The Glass Houses of Britain - Pilkington

The Good Glass Guide - Pilkington

Laminated or toughened products are also the best options for partitions. These can be clear or tinted including translucent interlayer’s within laminated glass or patterned glass for toughened. Sound insulation can be enhanced by specifying laminated glass with an enhanced acoustic interlayer, such as Pilkington Optiphon™. For glass floors, the glass will have to be laminated and it may be necessary to consider a non slip surface, particularly if it could get wet.

Glass Strength - Pilkington

At an atomic level glass is a network of silicon and oxygen bonds modified randomly by sodium. The structure is not regular as it would be if it were liquid. The network of bonds prevent the glass from being ductile. The ingredients for glass are not transparent and it is the melting of these products that creates new bonds.

A Brief History of Glass - Pilkington

One of the earliest and most famous examples of such a large scale glass project is The Crystal Palace, built in 1851, and consisting of 300,000 panes of glass. This iconic building helped encourage architects to be more inventive, paving the way for an increased amount of glass used in architecture.

Glass Floors - Pilkington

Glass Floors. A glass floor allows light to pass through a building reducing the need for artificial lighting and providing a natural source of daylight. The introduction of light through the core of a building can transform what might otherwise be a dull claustrophobic interior. With the changing arc of the sun the effects of the light can add a welcome dimension to the interior.

Glass and Thermal Stress - Pilkington

The edge quality of the glass can play a part. Glass with damaged edges will take less stress than clean cut glass. A good clean cut edge is the best finish along with fully polished edges. Ground edges and arrissed edges may not be as good. A ground or arrissed edge is a series of small defects around the glass.

Glass and Human Impact - Pilkington

Toughened glass achieves its impact resistance by having the strength increased by a factor of upto 5 and when it breaks it collapses into small relatively harmless particles. Laminated glass is no stronger than the annealed glass it is formed from but the interlayer bonds the panes together.

Glass and Manual Attack - Pilkington

Laminated glass can be designed to withstand a varied level of abuse by mixing the glass thickness for strength and the amount of interlayer that binds the glass together to improve penetration resistance. Even when broken laminated glass can still provide protection and slow the would be assailant down.

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