Glass Reflections
Cambridge 7th to 9th September

Presenting Author:
Fred Veer

article posted 24 Feb 2015

Fred Veer

Fred Veer was a full time tenured Assistant Professor of materials science at the Faculty of Architecture of Delft University of Technology from 1994 to 2007, when he became Associate Professor. He is the responsible researcher for materials science in the faculty.

Since 1996 he has been a co-ordinator of a personal research laboratory with a continuous population of 4 to 6 undergraduate students working on glass research. In total over 20 students have graduated working on this project.

Since 1988 Veer has been the main author of over 40 papers on the mechanical behaviour of materials and co-author of over 20 other papers.

Glass structures, the possibilities in the 21th century

F.A.Veer, P. Oikonomopoulou, T. Bristogianni, R.Nijsse
Delft University of Technology

The last two decades have seen considerable developments in the field of glass in architecture. The glass has taken on a much more structural role and is starting to be used as the structural material. Additionally improved production technology has increased the sizes of float glass so that even 19 m long single glass panes are possible. Reinforcement strategies are lead to structurally safe glass elements while innovative connection systems lead to all-glass structures. These developments lead to increasing possibilities for glass.

The paper outlines the possibilities current technology offers for architectural and structural design. It looks at the possibilities of cast, extruded and floated glass, innovative adhesive systems, laminating technologies and coating systems. Families of components are identified and their size and structural limitations are discussed.

Using the case study of the currently under construction PC Hooft all glass brick facade in Amsterdam some problems and solution strategies are identified.