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evolving from the brittleness of structural glass result in need of innovative
solutions which will improve the post-breakage behaviour of the elements in the
structure. As the need of the glass performance gets higher, the fully tempered
glass gets in the focus and its usage becomes greater. But although this type
of glass gives great performance with its tensile strength and deflection
capaciy, it has no residual strength. Due to its breakage pattern into small
pieces the collapse of the element may be instant even in laminated glass
elements. Thus, increasing the post breakage behaviour is crucial in order to
keep the integrity of the tempered glass element. This can be done either by
changing the interlayer properties, or including kind of reinforcement in the
element structure. This paper presents experimental testing of the performances
of steel plate reinforced hybrid glass element under four point bending test.
As a result, it shows the improvement in mechanical behaviour of the described
hybrid structure concept compared to a monolithic glass element with same
dimensions, by means of stress distribution and reinforcement capacity.
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