Glass is used as an emerging structural member in the civil engineering construction industry. Fear and unconsciousness are the main hindrance to apply glass structure practically. Some safety glasses with the elastic interlayer material have the ability to carry higher loads than steel. So, it is high time to adopt this as a major load carrying structural member. At the beginning of this inspection elaborately presents the manufacturing process, basic properties and classification of glass for structural use. Reviewed portion of this work includes the recent research on the basic components of glass structure such as glass beam, glass column, glass slab or pavilion, glass walkway, glass panel, glass façade, curtain wall and glass frame under static or dynamic performances. The specific connection between glass with other materials and special types of different glass related composite structures like glass-concrete, glass-timber, glass-steel and glass-fiber are discussed. Special features of dynamic responses like effect of blast loading, wind born debris attack or cyclic loading and fire hazards of glass structure are also attached. Design guidelines and some practical applications are included to create interest, attention and courage for both structural engineer and architect. In recent years, a large number of glass related sophisticated developments have occurred in Europe. Since, an attempt has been taken to find out the huge research gaps in this sector so that this could fill in the future in order to spread glass design industry all over the world.
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