Structural Glass Beams with Embedded Glass Fibre Reinforcement

Christian Louter, Calvin Leung, Henk Kolstein, Jan Vambersky

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This paper investigates the possibilities of pultruded glass fibre rods as embedded reinforcement in SentryGlas (SG) laminated glass beams. To do so, a series of pullout tests, to investigate the bond strength of the rods to the laminate, and a series of beam tests, to investigate the post-breakage response of the beams, have been performed. Both test series have been conducted for round E-glass fibre rods and flat S-glass fibre rods. The pull-out tests showed superior pull-out strength of the flat rods, due to their large bond area. Furthermore, the beam tests showed superior post-breakage performance of the beams with the flat rods, due to higher strength and stiffness of the S-glass fibres. Overall, it is concluded that embedding glass fibre reinforcement in a SG-laminated glass beam is a very promising concept.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChallenging Glass 2, Conference on Architectural and Structural Applications of Glass
EditorsFreek Bos, Pieter Christiaan Louter, Fred Veer
PublisherChallenging Glass Conference - Proceedings - 2010
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-90-8570-524-6
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • structural glass
  • reinforcement
  • embedded
  • glass fibre
  • laminate
  • interlayer
  • beam
  • composite

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