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Use of silicone adhesives for structural bonding of glass panels to metallic frame is a well-established technology in façade applications. Selection of silicone technology is mainly driven by the unique UV resistance and thermal stability offered. However, are these the only factors that can drive technology selection in facade applications? Comprehensive experience gained by Sika […]

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Nowadays the design of blast-resistant glazed façades is acquiring importance to comply with building safety standards. The high-pressure generated by the blast-wave air-front can lead to catastrophic failure of the glass panes and/or their load-bearing structure, with possible projection of fragments that constitutes a potential threat for human lives and properties. The time-dependent deformations-history is […]

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Gianni Royer Carfagni

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The recently escalated explosion incidents from terrorist attacks have intensified the requirement for blast resilient buildings. As a result, glazed facades of commercial and residential buildings often include laminated glass panels that are more ductile and can prevent fragmentation injuries from occurring. However, the response of laminated glass panels to blast loads, especially the post-fracture […]

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Decorative glass is limitless in design, colors, patterns, textures, and offers aesthetic brilliance in countless interior applications. Whether multiple panels are desired to be mounted on a wall many stories high, or overhead in a suspended solution, structural soundness and testing is required. This presentation discussing the seismic field testing of a glass mounting system […]

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Since structural silicone glazing (SSG) was introduced to China in 1980s, it has been widely used in glass façades of high-rise buildings. South China, an economically rapid developing area, owns an increased number of new skyscraper projects, while it also experiences the highest frequency of typhoons in China. As climate change increases the frequency and […]

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Cable-net glass walls are light-weight, material efficient and transparent facades. With increasing frequency, facades are required to be designed for blast scenarios. There are many methods for blast analysis of structures, but a common approach is to simplify blast loading either as a pressure or as an impulse applied to the structure. This does not […]

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Blast resistant structures generally fall into two category types – rigid and bulky, where the structure resists load through stiffness to absorb the blast, or flexible, where the blast energy is dissipated through geometric deformation. Rigid structures typically use large steel sections which can be difficult to incorporate into architecturally sensitive projects. Conversely, flexible facades […]

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