Civil and Environmental Engineering Publications

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2020

Journal

Construction and Building Materials

Volume

250

URL with Digital Object Identifier

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2020.118918

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Abstract

Transparency, illumination, aesthetic and energy requirements have considerably increased the use of glass in modern high-rise buildings. During fire exposure, fracture and shattering of windows and facades accelerate the spread and severity of fire, which increases the risk for the occupants and the amount of structural damage. This paper aims at analyzing the effect of non-uniform thermal gradients on the flexural capacity of ordinary glass panels. Both transparent and tinted glass panels are considered to account for widely-used glass compositions. The bending response of fire-damaged glass panels is experimentally explored considering different durations of thermal exposure. The thermal breakage due to non-uniform temperature distributions over the height is also assessed. A finite element investigation is then conducted to further explore the experimental findings.

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