Composite glass beams, stiffened by adhesively bonded high-strength element, show high load bearing capacity and robustness (post breakage behavior) in comparison with pure glass beams or fins. Wide range of polymer adhesives can be used in composite structure with real load bearing role to provide horizontal shear interaction between both materials and on the other hand to keep all other requirements on compliancy. Numerical and analytical approach was developed and calibrated by the results of full scale tests of composite steel-glass beams. Reached load carrying capacity of the beam was very high and influence of a lot of parameters was defined and included to analytical model. Generalized results of performed experiments, numerical and analytic studies can say, how to predict an ultimate load of such a hybrid structure, where the key element is the semi-rigid shear connection, provided by modern and progressive polymer adhesives used to be known mainly from industry until now, although their potential is very high.
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