Structural Glass in Superyacht Applications | Kosmas Moupagitsoglou

23 April 2024

Structural glass has become a popular material in Superyacht applications. It has been used to enhance transparency not only in luxury yachts but also in passenger vessels like cruise-ships. Yacht designers inspired by all-glass facades and structural glass pavilions are trying to adopt these achievements and promote the glass design and engineering technology in the shipbuilding industry. However, designing glass elements in a marine environment involves more challenges comparing to civil applications. Glass engineers should not only consider in their calculations the wind loads and the movements of the support structure, but also the significantly higher wave loads and accelerations due to the ship movement. In addition, the watertightness of the windows is particularly important for the integrity of the vessel and the safety of the passengers. Finally, the thickness and weight of the glass can influence significantly not only the cost but also the stability of the whole vessel.

Read Kosmas Moupagitsoglou‘s paper ‘Structural Glass in Superyacht Applications: Overcoming Challenges, Design Standards and Analysis Methods’  here.