Development and Behavior of a Thin Fitting Connection for Lamination with Structural PVB


  • Thiemo Fildhuth Lucerne University of Applied Sciences HSLU
  • Pascal Joos Lucerne University of Applied Sciences HSLU
  • Thomas Wüest Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, CC Building Envelopes and Civil Engineering
  • Matthias Haller Solutia Deutschland GmbH
  • Wim Stevels Eastman Chemical bv


Intended for the construction of a double curved, frameless modular glass shell demonstrator, a stainless steel fitting connection with a trapezoidal, thin sheet laminated into the interstice of two-ply safety glass has been developed. For the bonding within the glass laminate, structural PVB interlayer is used. Various interlayer plies of different PVB types can be stacked depending on the necessary interstice thickness and the intended esthetical appearance. The fitting is designed to mainly transfer translational forces, but it also provides some bending stiffness via a crossbar supported against the glass edge. Various tests, including tension, shear and bending load application, have been performed at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU) to explore the structural behavior and the load bearing capacity of the fitting connection. In addition, parameter studies using finite element models were made to explore the influence of the fitting geometry, dimensions, interlayer properties and loading type on the structural behavior of this type of connection. These parameter studies and test results allow to identify further shape optimization and application possibilities of such thin, laminated fittings for load bearing glass structures.





Laminated Glass & Interlayer Properties