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  • Researchers hope to learn more about how heat-treated glass is perceived as a defect by architects, glass suppliers, specialist façade contractors, and façade consultants in the United Kingdom (U. K.). They also hope to learn more about the impact that anisotropy has on the overall façade industry in the United Kingdom. The main findings of a survey administered to stakeholders, with the goal of determining the level of clarification required, are presented. The current state of the industry, as well as future challenges and potential solutions, are also discussed.

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    The goal of this research is to arrive at a more explicit yet straightforward definition of anisotropy as a phenomenon, as well as a better understanding of the factors that contribute to its occurrence. The goal was achieved through a thorough examination of glass as an architectural product as well of relevant literature, with a particular emphasis placed on the processes that contribute to anisotropy in the material during the investigation. An evaluation of the current state of the art in display cabinet door manufacturing was carried out in order to provide support for this. Determine whether and how visually disturbing anisotropy in architectural glass was measured and controlled was among the tasks assigned to the team. The resulting industry context was compared to the existing industry standards, guidelines, and specifications in order to determine which were more appropriate for this situation.

     


    Following the results of an initial pilot survey, it was discovered that the demand for anisotropy-free display cabinet door in current specifications conflicts with the challenges faced by the façade industry, which is completely reliant on the glass industry to meet these demands. Based on the findings of this preliminary pilot survey, a more detailed survey was conducted in order to assess the knowledge and perceptions of key stakeholders in the façade industry regarding anisotropy in glass. The survey was conducted online and consisted of a number of different questions. Among the findings were a determination of the scope of the problem, identification of any associated shortcomings, and demonstration of how the various stakeholders are currently dealing with anisotropy in their respective fields. In order to identify feasible and long-term solutions, this information was gathered with the goal of potentially improving the standards and guidelines related to anisotropy in architectural glass in the process.

    This appears to be at odds with the current aspirations of clients and their designers to obtain quisure insulated glass that is free of visible anisotropy, which is a curious contradiction. It is possible that future revisions to quisure insulated glass standards will need to take into account the progress that has been made by the glass industry in order to assess and reduce the phenomenon. In addition, future revisions to display cabinet insulated glass door standards should ideally list measurement processes, as well as anisotropy acceptance and rejection criteria and parameters, as well as other relevant information.

    As an additional point of clarification, it should be noted that glass is no longer used as a monolithic product in the vast majority of instances these days. Heat-treated glass can be coated, fritted, laminated, and used in a variety of combinations to create complex products, which can then be used to create complicated double and triple insulated display cabinet door units, among other things. Heat-treated insulated glass (IGU) can also be used to create complex double and triple insulated glass units, among other things. Given the large number of different configurations that can affect the visibility of anisotropy, it is necessary to include them in the relevant standards, which do not yet exist, as well as comprehensive guidance. An in-depth evaluation of such an influence may necessitate additional research, which, however, is beyond the scope of this investigation.

    Anisotropy is not defined as a defect by glass industry standards and guidelines, but 26% of those who participated in the survey believed it to be a problem. Perhaps unsurprisingly, further analysis of the data, as depicted in Figure 5, revealed that architects and façade consultants account for 78% of those who believe the phenomenon is a defect (Figure 5). The aesthetics of a building are extremely important to these two groups, and as a result, there will be a greater demand for high-quality construction in the future. Meanwhile, the remaining portion follows the current glass regulating specifications and is in the correct position.