Development of kinematic equations for racking performance evaluation of four-sided structural sealant glazing curtain wall systems

Nicholas C. Simmons, Ali M. Memari

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Abstract

Full-scale, unitized, four-sided structural sealant glazing (4SSG) curtain wall system mock-ups featuring a re-entrant corner were subjected to cyclic racking displacements in accordance with the American Architectural Manufacturers Association AAMA 501.6 protocol to determine serviceability and ultimate behavior responses. Sealant cohesive failure and glass cracking were identified as limit states and corresponding drift levels were determined. The geometry of the mock-up was used to develop equations that predicted the displacements of the glass, relative to the frame, based on the independent variable of inter-story drift. The displacements from those equations were then related to the effective shear strain of the structural silicone and the drift capacity of the system. This paper describes the concepts and results of the kinematic equations developed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAEI 2013: Building Solutions for Architectural Engineering - Proceedings of the 2013 Architectural Engineering National Conference
Pages997-1006
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013
Event2013 Architectural Engineering National Conference: Building Solutions for Architectural Engineering, AEI 2013 - State College, PA, United States
Duration: Apr 3 2013Apr 5 2013

Other

Other2013 Architectural Engineering National Conference: Building Solutions for Architectural Engineering, AEI 2013
CountryUnited States
CityState College, PA
Period4/3/134/5/13

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Architecture

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    Simmons, N. C., & Memari, A. M. (2013). Development of kinematic equations for racking performance evaluation of four-sided structural sealant glazing curtain wall systems. In AEI 2013: Building Solutions for Architectural Engineering - Proceedings of the 2013 Architectural Engineering National Conference (pp. 997-1006) https://doi.org/10.1061/9780784412909.097