Architectural glass panels with rounded corners to mitigate earthquake damage

Ali M. Memari, Paul A. Kremer, Richard A. Behr

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The concept of employing architectural glass panels with modified corner geometries and edge finish conditions to improve their resistance to earthquake damage has been developed recently. To accomplish this, material is removed at glass panel corners (e.g., by rounding the glass corners) and glass edges are finished in the modified corner regions to minimize protrusions and edge surface roughness. The concept is applicable to a wide variety of architectural glass types and glazing frame types. Full-scale dynamic racking tests have shown that corner radius and glass edge finish conditions near the reshaped corner regions have significant influences on glass cracking and glass fallout drift resistances of monolithic architectural glass panels used in curtain walls.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-150
Number of pages22
JournalEarthquake Spectra
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Geophysics


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