Print Email Facebook Twitter Tensioned glass façade Title Tensioned glass façade Author Guyader, C. Contributor Nijsse, R. (mentor) Schipper, H.R. (mentor) Veer, F.A. (mentor) Van Santen, R.J. (mentor) Faculty Civil Engineering and Geosciences Department Building Engineering Date 2016-04-01 Abstract This master thesis was carried out in cooperation with VS-A, a façade engineering office based in Lille, Hong Kong and Seoul. It focuses on the development of an innovative all-glass façade system, which was imagined by Robert-Jan van Santen, founder and co-manager of VS-A. This technology is highly promising as it provides the possibility to remove all the disturbing structural elements that are usually required to support glass façades of significant height. It therefore complies with the recurrent desire of architects to design minimalist building envelopes by putting the emphasis on transparency, whether for aesthetic, practical or commercial reasons. This thesis therefore aimed at providing a thorough study of the feasibility of this new façade technology. To ensure its efficiency, several aspects were tackled. First and foremost, the structural principle behind the façade system was carefully examined, which gave the opportunity to evaluate the possibilities provided by the technology, in terms of reachable span and wind load resistance. Special attention was paid to the needed glass connections, in particular because these are always critical areas of glass structures. This theoretical study was completed by an extensive experimental campaign, which revealed the feasibility of the innovative system. In parallel to these structural considerations, a proposition was made for sealing systems so that the technology could properly be used as an efficient building envelope. Finally, the safety of the façade was analysed. Because glass is brittle and its strength is difficult to predict, a possible failure event must be taken into account, and all the more given that the concerned system should be applicable on façades with considerable heights for which glass breakage could have non-negligible consequences. To this regard, further studies will be carried out in the future, possibly by other students and TU Delft. Subject façadestructural glassglass connectionsstrength To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:35f213f3-ad7f-4acb-b15d-c95ca592a36c Embargo date 2021-03-28 Part of collection Student theses Document type master thesis Rights (c) 2016 Guyader, C.