NEW GLASS DIMENSIONS: LARGE GLASS PANES AND THEIR CHALLENGES IN FAÇADE APPLICATIONS
Available glass panes are getting bigger and bigger. About 14 x 3 m is not unusual anymore. However, the glazing details don’t change in general. The dimensions of glazing rebate and gaskets stay the same. Therefore the spot where a glass pane needs to be installed gets awful tight. To compensate the thermal expansions of such big panes in the joints is also a challenging task. But not only are these details changing. Furthermore the complete handling process has to be adapted. Normal suction cups and hoisting devices often don’t do the trick anymore. Special devices need to be designed in order to install the glass panes precisely and safely. Gartner has to develop some manipulators in order to handle this kind of products efficiently. This special equipment has to be tested and optimized for its specific task and it is presented in this paper.
HAUTE COUTURE FOR A CURTAIN WALL: SERRATED GLASS IN FAÇADE APPLICATION
Having new fabrication methods available the opportunity to get new materials for bespoke architectural appearance becomes reality. Serrated glass with a significant depth is possible since thicker pieces of glass can be ground. However, this is only a part of the story. It is a long way from a sample 300 x 300 mm till the curtain wall unit-dimensions about 3,6 x 3,0 m. Thick glass needs to be available in a certain quality. The grinding process needs to be up scaled. There must be a strategy for splitting in segments and afterwards matching them to one glass unit. The handling has to be tested and practiced. Transportation and packaging solutions need to be developed. Last but not least the bespoke properties of this product have to be considered during the assembly and installation of the curtain wall unit. This paper shows the individual steps from the start to installation!
- Company:Josef Gartner GmbH
- Short Bio:Dr.-Ing. Mathias Klaiber, Manager Technical Solutions at Josef Gartner GmbH, holds a diploma in Mechanical Engineering. After his PhD studies at the University of Stuttgart, he worked as a development engineer in the field of semiconductor manufacturing. At Gartner he manages all research and development related topics. He focuses on energy efficiency (Closed Cavity Façade) and new innovative technical solutions as well as the improvement of existing ones.