Examination of load resistance in window glass design

Eri Gavanski, Gregory A. Kopp

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The glass failure prediction model has been used as a calculation method for the load resistance (LR) of glass specified in North American design codes. However, because of the technology available, this model has only been experimentally proven under ramp loading. The model also has several defects, which have been pointed out in recent years, some of which may originate from this insufficient experimental validation. Thanks to the newly developed technology at the University of Western Ontario, glass strength modeling was revisited with sufficient experimental results, including fluctuating wind loads of long time duration. In addition, the value of LR specified in the current North American design codes was examined in light of several assumed parameters used in its calculation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-50
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Architectural Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Mar 1


  • Full-scale tests
  • Model verification
  • Standards and codes
  • Wind loads
  • Window glass

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts


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