Author: The Steel Construction Institute (SCI)
28 February 2014
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The Steel Construction Institute (SCI)
The provision of beams with web openings has become a common method of incorporating services within the structural depth of a floor. Although specialist software is available to design such beams, guidance regarding sizing, spacing and best practice is useful for engineers performing scheme design.
This technical guidance note is an introduction to glass as a structural material. It aims to describe glass in terms of its properties, how it reacts when subjected to various forces and the methods currently being explored and adopted by structural engineers when designing structural glass elements.
The first in a ‘steel construction’ sub-series, this article discusses the often competing demands on the structural designer to balance frame cost against architectural demands and the cost of other building components, such as curtain walling.