Review of the performance of glazing systems in earthquakes and recent developments to mitigate damage

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Abstract

The performance of glazing systems in past (mostly US) earthquakes is reviewed. The mechanism of glass failure in curtain walls and possible sources of seismic failure of glass is explained. In general, past earthquakes have revealed that glass held in punched window frames, storefronts, and curtain walls are vulnerable. Some approaches to reduce glass damage in earthquakes are also discussed. Such methods include the use of large glass-to-frame clearance, the use of safety film, and the use of structural silicone glazing. Recent research on innovative ways to mitigate seismic damage to architectural glass is also reviewed. Finally, current trends in curtain wall construction for improved seismic performance of architectural glass are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationForensic Engineering 2012
Subtitle of host publicationGateway to a Better Tomorrow - Proceedings of the 6th Congress on Forensic Engineering
Pages123-132
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 4 2013
Event6th Congress on Forensic Engineering 2012: Gateway to a Better Tomorrow - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Oct 31 2012Nov 3 2012

Publication series

NameForensic Engineering 2012: Gateway to a Better Tomorrow - Proceedings of the 6th Congress on Forensic Engineering

Other

Other6th Congress on Forensic Engineering 2012: Gateway to a Better Tomorrow
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Period10/31/1211/3/12

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biomedical Engineering

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