Glass grid shell beams for Zaryadye Park were successfully tested

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3 tonnes of sandbags were used to test glass beams for the project Zaryadye Park in Moscow, Russia, situated short distance from Red Square and the Kremlin, where we were commissioned to design, detail structural glass elements as part of load bearing grid shell structure, measured around 120m long by 60m wide
3m long by 0.2m deep Glass beams (72 in total) are fixed into the main steel grid shell structure with specially calibrated connections to accommodate extreme weather conditions with snow drift loads of up to 350 kg/m2, as well as differential movement of the main structure which required sophisticated analysis with more than 100 load combinations.
Full scale mock up testing was requested by the client to gain approvals from the authorities. Due to lack of legislation on use of structural glass in Russia, we were instrumental in helping the authorities to create “special technical standard” to cover technical aspects of glass and it’s performance, which formed part of the approval process.