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Structural Glass PROs and CONs

October 27, 2016


Glass advantages



✓ Great aesthetics

✓ Envelops the building

✓ Nice compartimentat walls solution (shops, showrooms etc.)

✓ Generates spacious and harmonious environment

✓ Any structural element can be created (beams, columns, floors, walls  etc.)

✓ Absorbs, reflects, refracts and transmits light

✓ Easy to polish

✓ Can be blown, laminated and pressed

✓ Has no degradation from atmosferic air

✓ Available in many colors 

✓ With special treatment it can exceed steel tensile strength 

✓ Electric izolator

✓ Thermal izolator

✓ Good chemical strength (most laboratory flasks are made of glass) 

✓ Easy to clean

✓ Lightweight material with a good strength to weight ratio


 Glass disadvantages 

X Expensive material

X Non-ductile behavior

X Security costs will rise

X High maintenance costs

X Semic vulnerability

X Vandalism vulnerability

X Strict execution measures

X Requires glass expertise

X Complex analysis (Non-liniar large displacement analysis)

X Requires specialized design software


 But then again, relaxing in something like this is worth the investment.







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Ciprian Popa

Structural engineer

I’ve started this website to share with you my passion for glass and structural engineering.

I have over 5 years of experience in teaching BIM Software in Technical Universities to students and senior engineers and dedicated my last 3 years into studying glass structures.

I want to share the knowledge that I have with other engineers and architects worldwide, and build an international community. Hope you will enjoy my work!