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ASTM E2751 - 11 standard practice for design and performance of supported glass walkways


Source: ASTM International

Glass is a brittle material with different time and temperature-dependent properties than other solid materials used as walkways surfaces. Therefore, the type of glass is an important consideration in the design and construction of glass treads and glass landings constructed with laminated glass.

Post-breakage glass retention is an important consideration in the design of a glass walkway system as a means of minimizing tripping, cutting/piercing injuries, or fall-through or fallout of the glass.

The structural design shall be confirmed by calculations by a licensed design professional in accordance with Section 5.

The post-breakage behavior of the glass walkway shall be verified by testing in accordance with Section 6.

For laminates with two glass plies, verification testing is required.

For laminates with more than two glass plies, verification testing is not required provided that calculations completed in accordance with 4.3 demonstrate that the glass assembly has sufficient strength to sustain the full design load with any one glass ply broken.

When verifying post-breakage behavior by calculation, allowable glass stress for 10 min load duration in accordance with Table 1 shall be used for all load cases.

The manufacturer or designer of glass walkway systems shall provide installation directions and fabrication and installation tolerances of their systems.

The structural integrity of the glass walkway system after glass breakage shall be sufficient to support the design loads after any one glass ply is broken. If damage of any kind occurs, the walkway shall be cordoned off and the installation shall be inspected to ensure structural integrity and pedestrian safety of the system.

1. Scope

1.1 This practice addresses elements related to load-bearing glass walkways, glass treads, and glass landings constructed with laminated glass. This standard includes performance, design, and safe behavior considerations. It addresses the characteristics unique to glass and laminated glass. Issues that are common to all walkways, such as slip resistance, are addressed in existing referenced standards.

1.2 This practice does not address glass walkways constructed with monolithic glass, glass block, insulating glass units, glass tiles that are directly bonded to a non-glass structural substrate, or glass walkways intended to support vehicular traffic.

1.3 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The values given in parentheses are for mathematical conversions to inch-pound units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

1.4 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately)

ASTM Standards
C1028 Test Method for Determining the Static Coefficient of Friction of Ceramic Tile and Other Like Surfaces by the Horizontal Dynamometer Pull-Meter Method
C1036 Specification for Flat Glass
C1048 Specification for Heat-Treated Flat Glass--Kind HS, Kind FT Coated and Uncoated Glass
C1172 Specification for Laminated Architectural Flat Glass
E631 Terminology of Building Constructions
E1300 Practice for Determining Load Resistance of Glass in Buildings
F609 Test Method for Using a Horizontal Pull Slipmeter (HPS)

ANSI Standards
ANSI/ASSETR-A1264.3- ANSI Technical Report, Using Variable Angle Tribometers (VAT) for Measurement of the Slip Resistance of Walkway Surfaces

UL Standards
UL410 Standard for Safety for Slip Resistance of Floor Surface Materials

Index Terms

annealed glass; heat-strengthened glass; glass; glass floor; glass stair treads; glass walkways; laminated glass; tempered glass

ICS Code

DOI: 10.1520/E2751-11

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