S+G - Innovative Steel Glass composite structures for high-performance building skins


Short description

High-innovation of products is a worldwide key-competitive factor. The most important
technological achievements in modern architecture are attained by constructing smart building
skins, usually by combining glass and metal (so far mainly aluminum). S+G project studies
composite Steel+Glass systems for high-performance skins using revolutionary adhesive
junctions meeting requirements of: energetic/structural efficiency, aesthetical high value (freeform
design), reuse and recycling. Because of differential thermal expansion with glass, those
adhesive junctions are compatible with steel only. This is a keyfactor in the inter-material
competition (steel vs. aluminium) and for the competitiveness of the European steel and building
industry throughout the world.

Research program

RFCS - Research Fund for Coal and Steel