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    Thin Stone Veneers—A Steel/Silicone Diaphragm System

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    Stone utilization and fabrication has evolved rapidly in recent years. Originally, stone was a massive structural building material. Today, with the use of sophisticated cutting techniques, stone can be a thin veneer cladding for building exteriors. To utilize this thin stone product a number of prefabricated panel systems have appeared including the Cygnus steel/silicone diaphragm system. The Cygnus system utilizes structural silicone to uniformly distribute the exterior dead and dynamic loads over a galvanized steel diaphragm panel. This patented, proprietary manufactured system provides a tough, durable, light-weight exterior skin utilizing stone, tile, aluminum, or glass exterior cladding material.


    steel/silicone diaphragm, cygnus panel system, thin veneers

    Author Information:

    Loper, W
    President, Cygnus, Inc., Denver, CO

    Obermeier, T
    Consultant, Denver, CO

    Committee/Subcommittee: C18.03

    DOI: 10.1520/STP26386S