Racking performance analysis of four-sided structural sealant glazing curtain wall systems through video capture technique

Nicholas C. Simmons, Ali M. Memari

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Abstract

Full-scale unitized, four-sided, structural sealant glazing (4SSG) curtain wall system mockups 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. Glass fallout, sealant adhesive or cohesive failure, and glass cracking were identified as limit states and corresponding drift levels were determined. This paper describes the details of the techniques developed and used for analysis and shows example applications of the method to mockups with racking test results available. The video analysis measured the changes in distances between glass and frame, which was then used to calculate an effective shear strain of the structural silicone by a linear and quadratic method. An effective shear strain of 173% and 130% was calculated from a linear method and a quadratic method for a structural silicone when failure initiated. Test data from the manufacturer indicates the ultimate shear strain of the structural silicone occurs around 200%.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAEI 2013
Subtitle of host publicationBuilding Solutions for Architectural Engineering - Proceedings of the 2013 Architectural Engineering National Conference
Pages725-734
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 15 2013
Event2013 Architectural Engineering National Conference: Building Solutions for Architectural Engineering, AEI 2013 - State College, PA, United States
Duration: Apr 3 2013Apr 5 2013

Publication series

NameAEI 2013: Building Solutions for Architectural Engineering - Proceedings of the 2013 Architectural Engineering National Conference

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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