Full-scale tests of glass plate under fluctuating wind loads

Eri Gavanski, Gregory A. Kopp

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The effects of pressure on glass strength have been a basis for determining glass panel strength for a long time. However, experimental studies on this topic have been limited to the application of rather simple loading patterns. Moreover, there is doubt as to whether important characteristics of fluctuating loads on glass strength are sufficiently reflected in the current glass design practice. Unprecedented full-scale glass plate breakage tests under realistic wind pressure loading were conducted to investigate these issues. The results obtained revealed new information about the behavior of glass plates under fluctuating loads, and confirmed the validity of Brown's integral, which has been widely used for the study of glass strength. Along with these tests, a numerical simulation using the Monte Carlo technique was also performed with a subtle modification on the initial glass strength, and resulted in a better correspondence with test results.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Dec 1
Event11th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Duration: 2009 Jun 222009 Jun 26


Other11th Americas Conference on Wind Engineering
Country/TerritoryPuerto Rico
CitySan Juan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


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