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ADVANCED DESIGN OF GLASS

STRUCTURES

Design of glass fin
Viorel Ungureanu
European Erasmus Mundus Master Course
Sustainable Constructions
under Natural Hazards and Catastrophic Events
520121-1-2011-1-CZ-ERA MUNDUS-EMMC
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Objectives of the lecture
Design of glass fin
Assess glass fin of the facade see figure. It is simply
supported and suspended from its top support. It is
bolted to the inside face of a glass facade and silicone
seals provide continuous attachment between the edge
of the fin and facade. It is assumed that for short-term
gust loads the silicone seals are capable of providing
lateral restraint to the edge of fin. It is also assumed that
the low modulus of silicone does not permit any T-beam
action between the fin and the facade.

L = c
1
6000 mm b = 500 mm
B = c
2
1500 mm t = 16 mm
wind load w = 1,0 kN/m
2

unit weight 2500 kg/m
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L
b
B
tension strength of glass short-term load long-term load
float glass (t = 10mm) 28,0 MPa 7,0 MPa
toughened glass 59,0 MPa 35,0 MPa

Objectives
Short term load
action
Long term load
action
Lateral torsional
buckling
Deformation


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Short term load action
1. Moment (design value) simple check





Wind load w = 1,0 kN/m
2

Load width B = c
2
1500 mm


2. Section modulus


3. Short term load action

( )

s =
1 6 8
1
3
2
t E
L w M
k F Ed
Objectives
Short term load
action
Long term load
action
Lateral torsional
buckling
Deformation



5 , 1 =
F

| | m kN B w w
k
=
2
6
1
b t W
y
=
y b
t
d
y
Ed
f
W
M
s =
- decision about the type of glass
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Long term load action
4. Axial load in the fin - self weight for = 25kN/m
3




5. Long term load action from self weight





( ) L B t L b t N
F Ed
+ =
Objectives
Short term load
action
Long term load
action
Lateral torsional
buckling
Deformation



d
fin
Ed
f
A
N
s =
- depends on the type of glass
glass fin glass facade
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Lateral torsional buckling
6. Lateral torsional buckling of the glass fin according to the Australian
standard




L
a
= length of the beam
d = b . height of the glass fin
I
z
moment of inertia



G = 28 700MPa shear modulus of elasticity
J = I
t
torsional moment of inertia
y
h
= 250mm . location above the neutral axis of the loading point,
positive or negative values for suction and compression
y
0
= 250mm . distance of the restraints from neutral axis
Objectives
Short term load
action
Long term load
action
Lateral torsional
buckling
Deformation



( ) ( ) ( )
h
z a
CR
y y
GJ y
d
EI L
M
+
+
(

+
=
0
2
0
2
2
2
4

3
12
1
t b I
z
=
3
3
1
t b I
t
=
6
Deformation
7. Check - simple approach




8. Vertical deformation






9. Vibration





Objectives
Short term load
action
Long term load
action
Lateral torsional
buckling
Deformation


500 384
5
lim
4
L
EI
L w
y
k
= s

=
3
12
1
b t I
y
=
7 1,
M
M
cr
Ed
s
Hz f 5
16
> =

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Thank you
for your attention
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