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EL VIDRIO COMO ELEMENTO ESTRUCTURAL EN ARQUITECTURA: PATOLOGÍAS

Francisco Capel del Águila        

Anales de la Mecánica de la Fractura, nº 29 . 2012 . Pág. 17 -22
Ver (.pdf): Anales29-101

Resumen: Flat glass is now one of the most noticeable materials appearing in the urban environment of cities. It is a brittle material, and from the standpoint of its mechanical properties, a complex one A thorough knowledge of its properties and stresses to which it is subjected is requires to prevent undesirable breaks. Architects have found a way to use glass in buildings giving authentic artistic expressions to 'glass boxes' with a multitude of shapes and colors. The use of glass as a structural element is becoming more abundant in current architecture. Due to its attractive appearance, glass is a fashionable material. Hence it is of great use by professionals to decorate buildings with an appearance that has many aesthetic possibilities. In this paper, after a brief historical introduction of glass going back some five thousand years or so, we will address the basis of glass architecture in the twentieth century, the properties and conditions to be met by glass for its various applications as a structural element in the current architecture. Finally we analyze a series of faults which occur in glass used in construction, leading to a fracture of the material, such as heat shock, metal inclusions, etc, and other optical disturbances which are sometimes produced.

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