Once again, glass engineering, research and design specialists gather in the historical town of Delft, for the third edition of the Challenging Glass Conference (CGC3) at the TU. The proceedings of this event lie before you. Relative to the two previous occasions, the conference has made a considerable growth spurt and now features some 90 papers, distributed over seven topics, as well as five key note addresses.
Fascinating contributions can be found under each topic. ‘Curved & Bended Glass’ has grown significantly, ‘Laminates & Composite Designs’ as well as ‘Projects & Case Studies’ are traditionally well represented. Under the topic ‘Joints, Fixings & Adhesives’, it is clear that structural adhesive bonds in glass construction are on the rise and here to stay.
But a quarter of all papers is still related to the topic ‘Strength, Stability & Safety’. Clearly, there is, even now, much to learn about the basics of glass design. We urge the authors to grab every opportunity for discussion and debate: there is still a considerable way to go before we will have reached a common understanding of the nature of glass failure and how we should translate that into design guidelines.
Preparing these proceedings has been a privilege, and we trust any participant in Challenging Glass 3 will move on with new ideas and inspiration to apply in his/her own work. We would like to express our gratitude to the key note speakers as well as to the other presenters and authors. Furthermore, we thank the Scientific Committee members, the supporting organizations, our main sponsor Glas Trösch, as well as our other sponsors, and, of course, all participants.
Welcome to Challenging Glass! Wishing you a stimulating and enjoyable conference,
Freek Bos, Christian Louter
Joint Chairmen of the Organizing Committee
Rob Nijsse, Fred Veer
Chairman and Secretary of the Scientific Committee