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Glass Fins

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Glass Fins

Glass fins represent the earliest form of structural glass facade, dating back to the 1950s French Hahn system used at the Maison de la Radio in Paris. Here 2-story glass plates were suspended and laterally stiffened by the use of glass fins set perpendicular to the plates at the vertical joints between them. But it was the Willis Faber & Dumas Building in Ipswich, England that popularized this emerging technology in 1972. In this curving facade designed by Foster Associates, multiple plates of reflective glass are suspended, providing one of the first examples of an entire building facade in frameless glass. This project inspired a diffusion of glass-fin technology in numerous applications throughout Europe and America in the 1970s, and continues to do so today. Glass fin-supported facades still represent one of the most transparent forms of structural glass facades, and are an especially economical solution at lower spans.

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Glass-fin systems are quite simple in concept, utilizing a glass fin set perpendicular to the glass pane at each vertical line of the glass grid. The most challenging aspect of a glass-fin wall occurs when the span is too great to be accommodated by a single piece fin, and a splice detail must be developed to create a fin comprised of multiple glass pieces. Early systems used patch plates to fix the glass and fins together. Spider fittings are frequently used in this application today.

Glass is a transparent material seen by the light reflected from its surface. Thus, transparency in glass-fin walls is often compromised by the banding effect caused by the reflected light from the glass fin’s perpendicular relation to the glass plane. These reflections are highly sensitive to angular variation.

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Typical splice joint detail at the glass fin. Note the drilled point fixings that tie glass to the fin. A thin horizontal tensile element is used here to restrict the back edge of the fin from rotation and lateral buckling.

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Information About Float Glass

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What is Float Glass?

Float Glass is a kind of transparent flat glass is shaped by annealing, cooling, hardening,, cutting glass panels with even thickness. These are formed on metal fluid from molten glass which is produced in a melting furnace at a high temperature with high-quality quartzite sandstone powder, soda ash and dolomite as raw materials. The glass liquor floats on the metal tin liquor, so it is called Float Glass.

What can do the Float Glass?

Float Glass has high plasticity to processing like tempering, hot-curving, laminated, insulating, and coated glass. We have owned the advanced equipment ready for your deep processing products.

Advantages of Our Float Glass

  • High-Quality for tempered glass.
  • Cheaper price and best service
  • Smooth and flat surface and good vision
  • Excellent optical performance
  • Stable chemical properties
  • Standard Packing and Loading and Reinforcement
  • Thickness:2mm-25mm  Size:3600mmX12000mm
  • Solar Transmittance:3mm 85.09%,  4mm 83.04%,  5mm 81.07%,  8mm 76.51%

What is Tinted Glass?

Link Tinted Glass is produced in processing of float glass through adding colorant, it has Bronze, Red Bronze, Euro Grey, F-Green, Dark Green, Ford Blue, Dark Blue, link tinted glass can be tempered, laminated, cut, drill, polished, mirrored, etc.

Color and Size includes:

Silver White, F-Green, Natural Green, Gem Blue, Modern Grey, Light Blue, Gold Brown, Grey Brown, Euro Brown

Thickness: 3mm、4mm、5mm、6mm、8mm、10mm、12mm、15mm、19mm、22mm、25mm

Normal Size:1830x2440mm、2440×3050、2134×3050、2440x3660mm、3050x3660mm、2140x3660mm

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The Next World’s Tallest Tower

Dubai Began Building The Next ‘World’s Tallest Tower’ ,they didn’t reveal the height yet. “The Dubai Creek Tower”, plan to complete in 2020.

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Top Five Tallest Buildings In The World By 2016

No.1. Burj Khalifa (DUBAI, UAE)

Burj Khalifa is located in Dubai, UAE. Its construction was started in the year 2004, September.

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No.2. India Tower (MUMBAI, INDIA)

India Tower is located in Mumbai, India. Its construction was started in 2010.

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No.3. Shanghai Tower (SHANGHAI, CHINA)

Shanghai Tower is located in Shanghai, China. Its construction was started in November 2008 and it is expected to be completed by 2015.

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No.4. Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel (MAKKAH, SAUDI ARABIA)

Makkah Royal Clock Tower Hotel is located in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. Its construction was started in 2004 and it was completed in the year 2010.

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No.5. Ping an International Finance Tower Center 1 (SHENZHEN, CHINA)

Ping, an International Finance Tower Center 1 is located in Shenzhen, China. Its construction was started in 2010 and expected to be completed by 2016.

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Curtain Wall System

Curtain wall systems are a non-structural cladding systems for the external walls of buildings. They are generally associated with large, multi-storey buildings.

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Curtain walls separate the interior from the exterior, but only support their own weight and the loads imposed on them (such as wind loads, seismic loads and so on) which they transfer back to the primary structure of the building. This is in contrast to many forms of traditional construction in which the external walls are a fundamental part of the primary structure of the building.
Typically curtain wall systems comprise a lightweight aluminum frame onto which glazed or opaque infill panels can be fixed. These infill panels are often described as ‘glazing’ whether or not they are made of glass.

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Curtain wall systems emerged in the 19th century with the development of large glass panels and became more common from the 1930’s when aluminum was made available as a construction material for the first time. They are now closely associated with the modernist movement and in particular, the international style, which became popular in the middle of the 20th century. This was an ornament-free, stark form of modernism, characteristically by the repetition of units and the extensive use of glass. It is a style that is still in widespread use for tall buildings in cities around the world.

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Safety Glass

Safety glass is glass with additional safety features that make it less likely to break, or less likely to pose a threat when broken. Common designs include toughened glass (also known as tempered glass), laminated glass, wire mesh glass (also known as wired glass) and engraved glass.

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Tempered glass is processed by controlled thermal or chemical treatments to increase its strength compared with normal glass. Tempering, by design, creates balanced internal stresses which causes the glass sheet, when broken, to crumble into small granular chunks of similar size and shape instead of splintering into random, jagged shards. The granular chunks are less likely to cause injury.

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The Benefit Of Insulated Glass For Curtain Wall

Top building glass curtain wall is generally with insulated glass, glass is the most thin, easy to heat transfer in building external wall material. Insulated glass with aluminum frame of desiccant through the gap above the aluminum frame that makes the air inside the insulated glass stay dry for a long time, with the excellent insulating performance.
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High sound insulation: insulated glass can decline of 27-40 decibel noise, 80 decibel traffic noise outside the room, then only 50 decibels.

Eliminate the frost and dew: indoor and outdoor temperature difference is too big, single-layer glass frosting.Insulated glass is due to contact with the indoor air inner glass is affected by the air interlayer, even if the outer contact is very low, also won’t because of the difference in temperature condensation on the glass surface.Hollow glass dew point to – 70 ℃ (excluding rubber strip type insulating glass)

Wind pressure strength increase: curtain wall mainly under wind load, wind pressure resistance become the main indicators of curtain wall.Hollow glass wind pressure strength is 15 times of single piece of glass.

Strengthening The Safety Management In Building Curtain Wall In Shenzhen

Recently, Shenzhen Institute of Architectural doors and windows curtain wall experts issued a document name “on the strengthening of building curtain wall safety management notice.”

The document provides that the curtain wall area greater than 10,000 square meters or curtain wall height greater than 50 meters of the curtain wall project,the construction unit should carry out special safety demonstration for the design scheme during the preliminary design phase.

Construction drawings to comply with the requirements of the curtain wall safety report,The supervision unit shall carry out the national laws, regulations and technical standards on the curtain wall project.

After the curtain wall building is put into use, the person who in charge of the curtain wall safety maintenance shall perform the responsibility for the safety maintenance of the curtain wall according to relevant national standards and ensure the safety of the curtain wall.

Top 5 Glass Building In The World

Today, we would like to introduce these amazing glass building in the world.

No.1 National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing

The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) is an arts centre containing an opera house in Beijing, People’s Republic of China. The Centre, an ellipsoid dome of titanium and glass surrounded by an artificial lake, seats 5,452 people in three halls and is almost 12,000 m² in size. It was designed by French architect Paul Andreu. Construction started in December 2001 and the inaugural concert was held in December 2007.

No.2 Dancing House, Praguev


The Dancing House (Czech: Tančící dům), is the nickname given to the Nationale-Nederlanden building on the Rašínovo nábřeží (Rašín Embankment) in Prague, Czech Republic. It was designed by the Croatian-Czech architect Vlado Milunić in cooperation with Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry on a vacant riverfront plot. The building was designed in 1992 and completed in 1996.

No.3 30 St Mary Axe, London

30 St Mary Axe is a commercial skyscraper in London’s primary financialdistrict, the City of London. It was completed in December 2003 and opened in April 2004. With 41 storeys, it is 180 metres (591 ft) tall and stands on the former sites of the Baltic Exchange and Chamber of Shipping, which were extensively damaged in 1992 by the explosion of a bomb placed by the Provisional IRA in St Mary Axe, the street from which the tower takes its name.

No.4 Louvre Pyramid, Paris

The Louvre Pyramid is a large glass and metal pyramid desig
ned by Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei, surrounded by three smaller pyramids, in the main courtyard (Cour Napoléon) of the Louvre Palace (Palais du Louvre) in Paris. The large pyramid serves as the main entrance to the Louvre Museum. Completed in 1989, it has become a landmark of the city of Paris.

No.5 Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision

The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision is the cultural archive and a museum located in Hilversum. The Institute for Sound and Vision collects, looks after, and provides access to over 70% of the Dutch audio-visual heritage. In total, the collection of more than 750,000 hours of television, radio, music and film that began in 1898 and continues to grow daily makes Sound and Vision one of the largest audiovisual archives in Europe.

About Facade

In architecture, the facade of a building is often the most important aspect from a design standpoint, as it sets the tone for the rest of the building. From the engineering perspective of a building, the facade is also of great importance due to its impact on energy efficiency. For historical facades, many local zoning regulations or other laws greatly restrict or even forbid their alteration.