In this paper the preliminary study of a novel all-transparent glass dome will be presented. Aim is the design of an elegant and structurally safe transparent large-span dome out of cast glass bricks. These are bonded with a clear, Ultraviolet (UV) curing, acrylic-based adhesive resulting to the maximal transparency and coherence of the structure. With the aid of parametric tools special attention is given to the development of the dome’s components in order to minimize the number of different glass bricks required, and thus simplify the production and assembly process. Scale models of the component are produced in the laboratory, to assess its configuration and further study its production method and structural performance. This paper follows the component’s production process from the laser-cutting of a reference model, to the construction of a fire-resistant mould via the lost-wax technique, and the kiln-casting of the glass element.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInsights and Innovations in Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 6th International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation, SEMC 2016
EditorsAlphose Zingoni
Place of PublicationBoca Raton
PublisherCRC Press
Pages1662-1667
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-317-28063-7
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-02927-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event6th International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation: Insights and Innovations in Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation - Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 5 Sep 20167 Sep 2016
Conference number: 6

Conference

Conference6th International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation
Abbreviated titleSEMC 2016
CountrySouth Africa
CityCape Town
Period5/09/167/09/16

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