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An Overview of the Causes of Fracture of Architectural and Structural Sheet Glass

Glass has been used since Roman times for windows and since medieval times for decorative purposes.  Initially glass panes were small and irregular in thickness.  During the industrial revolution the technology for the manufacture of large panes of sheet glass of uniform thickness was developed; ultimately giving rise to the extensive use of glass as an architectural material. The first and very impressive example of glass used in architectural applications is The Crystal Palace (opened in 1851).