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Dow Corning to Present Developments in Sealant Products & Construction Techniques at GlassCon Global

Published on 2016-06-30. Author : SpecialChem

Dow Corning has announced two technical presentations at GlassCon Global 2016, highlighting new research and innovative use of high-performance glazing products at the international conference July 6 through 9 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Industry experts from Dow Corning Corporation (Booth 203) will share the latest advancements in sealant products and construction techniques at the event, which is designed to facilitate communication among architects, researchers, engineers, consultants and other key industry groups.

Innovative use of High-performance Glazing Products

Dow Corning to Present Developments in Sealant Products & Construction Techniques at GlassCon Global
Fig. 1: Dow Corning to Present Developments in Sealant Products at GlassCon Global

Dow Corning Application Specialist Jon Kimberlain will present his study, "Analysis of Stress Distribution in Structural Silicone Glazing Joints."

"The design of structural silicone glazing joints to resist windloads is traditionally calculated based on silicone bite, using a simplified equation that considers an average stress distribution in the sealant," Kimberlain said. "This study examines using finite element analysis (FEA) to evaluate stress distribution in the sealant as a function of sealant bite and thickness and shows the importance of the sealant geometry on the local stress distribution."

The following day, in "Airborne America San Diego: Transparency Through Innovation and Engineering," two co-authors will provide a detailed overview of the advanced bonding techniques used in the Airborne America San Diego skydiving tunnel – an extreme-sport facility for those who want to skydive without jumping from an airplane.

"This is a very unique structure that features a glass tube constructed from stacked, curved sections," said Dow Corning Construction Industry Scientist Larry Carbary, one of the co-authors. "The interior is free of mechanical hardware, and the panels are affixed with high-strength silicone adhesive technology to produce smooth glass walls."

"The presentation describes the engineering analysis, design of the adhesive attachment system and the testing of the adhesive for validation," said co-author Charles Clift, President, Director and Senior Principal at Curtain Wall Design and Consulting, Inc. "Engineering the project around the design loads resulted in a 'gecko foot' attachment system at the corner intersections of the curved glass, which is built to withstand the wind pressure loading during the tunnel’s operation, as well as movement from seismic events."

Clift said the project demonstrates the capabilities of a design community working closely with product development engineers to take advantage of new material properties and the science of a new adhesion technology to meet the structure’s design requirements.

GlassCon Global is a conference that encourages industry collaboration and communication by providing a practical, educational forum where glass professionals can expand their knowledge in a continually evolving technical environment. Exhibitors and attendees can share ideas, visions and new technologies with industry professionals and experts from all areas of the architectural glass and glazing industry.

The event is so highly regarded that attending GlassCon sessions is an acceptable activity for fulfilling state licensing MCE requirements for architects and professional development hours (PDHs) for engineers. FCA International, a GlassCon Global organizer, is an approved provider of the AIA Continuing Education System. Sessions meet AIA/CES criteria for Health/Safety/Welfare (HSW) Unit Hours.

With five decades of global industry experience, Dow Corning offers silicon-based specialty solutions that enable sustainable building designs. At GlassCon Global, the company’s featured solutions for today’s construction challenges will include its all-silicone air barrier system, weathersealing materials and structural sealants.

About Dow Corning

Dow Corning provides performance-enhancing solutions to serve the diverse needs of more than 25,000 customers worldwide. A global leader in silicones, silicon-based technology and innovation, Dow Corning offers more than 7,000 products and services through the Dow Corning® and XIAMETER® brands. Dow Corning is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company. More than half of Dow Corning’s annual sales are outside the United States. Dow Corning’s global operations adhere to the American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care® initiative, a stringent set of standards designed to advance the safe and secure management of chemical products and processes.More than half of Dow Corning’s annual sales are outside the United States.

About High Performance Building Solutions

Dow Corning is collaborating with industry professionals around the world to develop solutions to improve the energy efficiency of buildings, offer long-lasting solutions and excellent technical support. Taking a holistic approach, Dow Corning brings together expertise from across the company to help customers find solutions to a wide range of high performance building challenges. Dow Corning High Performance Building Solutions include proven materials for structural and protective glazing, weatherproofing, insulating glass, window and door fabrication, and building materials protection, as well as innovations for high-efficiency insulation, LED lighting, thermal management systems, and the incorporation of photovoltaic cells and solar panels into building design.

Source: Dow Corning

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