Developing the bundled glass column

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In this paper a bundled glass column is presented as a promising solution for a completely transparent, almost dematerialized structural compressive element. The aim is to ob-tain a glass column that can safely carry loads, achieve a high visual result and be relatively eas-ily manufactured. Different types of adhesives, rod configurations and bonding methods are ex-plored in search of an optimum balance between structural and visual results. The final column comprises six solid glass rods interlocking to a central glass star-shaped profile, bonded together by a clear, UV-curing adhesive. The high shear stiffness of the adhesive allows for the desired coupled behaviour of the rods whilst its similar refraction index to glass and homogeneous spread result in minimal visual distortion. To determine the strength and failure mode of the column, compression tests are conducted on 0.5 m and 1.5 m high prototypes and the results are presented and discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStructures and Architecture Beyond their Limits
EditorsPaulo J. da Sousa Cruz
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-317-54996-3
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-02651-3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2016


  • glass column
  • glass rods
  • adhesive glass connections
  • bundled column


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