Ad Hoc Testing
We are frequently asked to set up tests to investigate the response of systems where no standards exist. For example on the Burj Dubai, it was observed that the male half of the mullion which had a deep fin must be much stiffer than the other half ” would this mean that a disproportionate amount of the load was transferred through its bracket? Other tests we have done include to observe the effect of load on laminated glass when it is heated, the effect of wind blown sand on glass with an anti-reflective coating, and the effect of heating and cooling on coloured laminated glass.
Quite a lot of the ad hoc tests we do involve applying various mechanical loads. These have included pull-out tests on panel fasteners, adhesion of materials laminated to a substrate, and recently determining a procedure to measure the tension in installed tension rods in a cable truss glass support system. We like challenges!