The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 42 (1964) > Issues > Issue 5 > Two-Phase Materials with Particular Reference to Glass Reinforced Plastics
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Two-Phase Materials with Particular Reference to Glass Reinforced Plastics

The paper begins with a brief description of an operation on an ordinary steel-framed building which was in danger of collapse. Glass played an important role in preventing the complete collapse of this building before the remedial works were put in hand. Attention is directed to the inherent strength of glass, which is very much in evidence when glass is drawn into fine filaments. Descriptions of glass reinforced plastics and other ' two-phase ' materials follow and details of the various types of glass reinforced plastics are included. The properties of glass reinforced plastics, structural steel and aluminium alloy are tabulated for comparison. In conclusion possible future developments in the field of 'two-phase' materials are mentioned and structural engineers are reminded of the necessity to familiarize themselves with the properties of these new materials and to assist in their development for structural purposes. T. Holmshaw

Author(s): Holmshaw, T

Keywords: properties;steel;aluminium;glass;glass reinforced plastic;comparing