At GlassCon Global 2014, a premier glass education event, architects can deepen their industry knowledge and earn continuing education credits by attending some of the more than five dozen presentations and education sessions. Participants can fulfill AIA/CES credit requirements and earn up to 15.5 HSW contact hours. Representatives from Dow Corning Corp. will be among the conference’s presenters.
Dow Corning’s presentations will include:
9:40 to 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 9: Dow Corning Senior Application Engineer Andrea Wagner, a LEED® Green Associate, will present “Meeting the Challenges of Onsite Structural Glazing Using Two-Part Silicone Sealants by Ensuring Robust Mixing,” which covers the technical feasibility and challenges of using two-part silicone sealants to install structurally glazed units on job sites. Data will be presented comparing the robustness of mix of both 10:1 mix ratio and new 1:1 mix ratio silicone sealants introduced into the market in late 2013. Tensile-adhesion data will be used to examine cure time differences and variability when the mix ratios are not perfectly aligned and when temperature extremes are experienced.
3:10 to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 9: Dow Corning Application Specialist Jon Kimberlain will present “Advanced Structural Silicone Glazing,” which describes an advanced engineering technique using finite element analysis to improve structural silicone glazing (SSG) design in high-performance curtain wall systems for building façades. Compared with traditional SSG design, this technique highlights differences in stress distribution contours in the silicone sealant; simplified structural engineering per the traditional SSG design method lacks accurate forecasting of material and stress optimization. This design technique will reportedly introduce significant engineering advancement to the curtain wall industry and building façade.
10:20 to 10:40 a.m., Thursday, July 10: Dow Corning Façade Design and Construction Specialist Stanley Yee will present “Architectural Insulation Modules: Thermal and Structural Performance for Use in Curtain Wall Construction,” which focuses on a study of architectural insulation modules. The modules were installed as part of a full-sized curtain wall mock-up and subjected to laboratory performance testing in accordance with AAMA 501, which included seismic racking in both design and proof-load conditions. The study concluded that higher-performing curtain walls can be achieved without sacrificing the existing structural, seismic, air infiltration, water infiltration and aesthetic performance while simultaneously achieving increased thermal performance.