Several factors, including incentives associated with aesthetics, transparency, high chemical, and mechanical durability, and its excellent corrosion resistance, have rapidly accelerated the interest and use of glass as windows, façades, or load-bearing elements in structural applications. Nonetheless, the glass is chemically attacked when subjected to certain environmental conditions and its chemistry, structure, as well as its optical and mechanical properties, are altered by the different weathering processes throughout its service life. Several techniques exist for evaluating the performance of weathered glass. These include both natural and artificial ageing techniques. However, little correlation has been shown to exist between natural and artificial ageing, especially the comprehensive comparison between the naturally aged and artificially weathered glazing systems have yet to be examined. In this review paper, the weathering of structural glass systems when exposed to environmental conditions is presented. Emphasis in the literature has been placed chiefly on the different types of glazing in the construction industry and their resistance to three main weathering agents: humidity, temperature, and soiling. Main optical and mechanical tests reported in the literature are summarized, and the properties described in each of them are examined, providing evidence of current challenges, limitations, and insight on future prospects.

Environmental degradation of structural glass systems: A review of experimental research and main influencing parameters

Bedon, Chiara
Membro del Collaboration Group
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2023-01-01

Abstract

Several factors, including incentives associated with aesthetics, transparency, high chemical, and mechanical durability, and its excellent corrosion resistance, have rapidly accelerated the interest and use of glass as windows, façades, or load-bearing elements in structural applications. Nonetheless, the glass is chemically attacked when subjected to certain environmental conditions and its chemistry, structure, as well as its optical and mechanical properties, are altered by the different weathering processes throughout its service life. Several techniques exist for evaluating the performance of weathered glass. These include both natural and artificial ageing techniques. However, little correlation has been shown to exist between natural and artificial ageing, especially the comprehensive comparison between the naturally aged and artificially weathered glazing systems have yet to be examined. In this review paper, the weathering of structural glass systems when exposed to environmental conditions is presented. Emphasis in the literature has been placed chiefly on the different types of glazing in the construction industry and their resistance to three main weathering agents: humidity, temperature, and soiling. Main optical and mechanical tests reported in the literature are summarized, and the properties described in each of them are examined, providing evidence of current challenges, limitations, and insight on future prospects.
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