Parametric Study of Advanced Structural Silicone Glazing

Increasing magnitude of wind loads on facades has spurred development of advanced engineering techniques to design more efficient structural silicone glazing (SSG) systems.

Traditional methods of analysis for SSG have provided successful performance for decades. However, hurricane level wind pressures require larger amounts of adhesive when following traditional SSG design methods. This compels curtain wall framing members to become wider and wider to accommodate the increased dimension of the SSG joint.

Desire for a slimmer, more elegant architectural aesthetic and a larger day light opening can be accomplished using better science.

This paper includes parametric studies using Hyper-Elastic Finite Element Analysis techniques to examine how geometry of the SSG joint affects structural performance.