Dynamic In-Plane Racking Tests of Curtain Wall Glass Components

by C. Pantelides, Univ of Utah, Salt Lake City, United States,
J. Deschenes, Univ of Utah, Salt Lake City, United States,
R. Behr, Univ of Utah, Salt Lake City, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Engineering in Natural Hazards Mitigation

Abstract: This paper is concerned with the seismic performance of 'architectural.' or 'non-structural' building elements such as glass elements in curtain wall systems. A pilot study was undertaken to investigate the dynamic racking performance of a 4.56 × 3.68 m section of curtain wall containing three, 1.52 × 1.84 m glass panels. Dynamic racking tests were performed totally in plane. Various types of glass specimens were tested, including annealed, heat strengthened and fully tempered glasses in monolithic and laminated configurations.

Subject Headings: Glass | Dynamic tests | Seismic tests | Curtain walls | Nonstructural elements | Earthquake resistant structures | Structural dynamics | Seismic effects

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