Joints in Tempered Glass Using Glass Dowel Discs

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One of the major reasons for using glass in structures is its transparency; however, traditional mechanical joints such as friction joints and steel dowel pinned connections are compromising the transparency. The present paper describes a novel joint which is practically maintaining the complete transparency of the glass. This is achieved by using a dowel disc made entirely of tempered glass. The concept of the joint is proved by pilot tests and numerical models. From the work it is seen that the load-carrying capacity of such a connection is similar to what is found for traditionally in-plane loaded steel dowel pinned joints.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2010
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventEngineered Transparency Conference 2010: International Conference at Glasstec - Düsseldorf, Germany
Duration: 29 Sep 201030 Sep 2010


ConferenceEngineered Transparency Conference 2010


  • Tempered Glass
  • Bolted Joints

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