The Application of Glass as A Bracing Element

In a current research project at the Universität der Bundeswehr München a timber glass composite shear wall has been developed and tested.

With the goal to apply glass into a bracing element, a force-fitted connection between the timber frame and the glass pane is realized through blockings. These are disposed near the corners of the glass pane as in a common window. In this way the system enables the load transfer of horizontal forces through compression diagonals within the glass pane. Besides the load introduction into the glass through its edges, the stability of the pane is an important criterion for the maximum load of the system.

The experiments and numerical studies of this research are the basis for a long term monitoring project in a real life situation.