Cross Bracing

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  1. viper357

    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Hi Hennie

    On a 4ft tank, probably going to be 75cm wide x 60cm high, if I had this made out of 10mm glass, or possibly 8mm glass, with euro bracing, do you think I would need any cross braces?

    Thanks.
     
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    The water height has the greatest influence on the glass thickness requirement. If your tank is going to be 60cm high the water level will realistically be around 55cm - 57cm high. Using 55cm hight, the glass thickness calculator gives a safety factor of 3.6 with 10mm glass, and 2.8 for 8mm glass. At a water level of 57cm the safety factor is still 3.2 for 10mm glass, but only 2.1 for 8mm glass.

    Given the above, I would recommend that you use 10mm glass for the sides, with Euro-bracing both top and bottom. I don't think you would need any cross bracing in the center of the tank.

    Hennie
     
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    viper357 Thread Starter Admin MASA Contributor

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    Great, thanks Hennie, I'll do it with 10mm glass then.
     
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