Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Glass panels of airport terminals withstood Vardah; shows quality of work: AAI

The glass facade of the new terminals at the Chennai airport withstood the fury of cyclone Vardah that struck with a wind speed of over 140kmph on December 12, says Airports Authority of India (AAI). The facade comprises 22,000 panels.
The storm damaged the glass cladding and facade of several buildings in the city and suburbs.
The AAI cited a study by IIT-M on stray incidents of spontaneous falling of glass panels. The study says, "The glass breakage is not on account of inadequate supporting system or quality of glass or workmanship. Nickel sulfide-induced fracture is the only cause for the spontaneous breakage of glass. This phenomenon will reduce drastically over a period of time. Moreover, as the glass are toughened and when the glass breaks, it is likely to fall in fragments and may not cause serious injury to anybody."
Earlier, there were several instances of glass panels shattering at the airport which lead to complaints about quality of the glass used and workmanship. The AAI has taken safety precautions and implemented recommendations of experts from IIT-M. The precautions included installation of barricades or dividers in areas where there is movement of people.
28/12/16 The Times Of India
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