Design of curtain walls for earthquake-induced loads and drifts

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Glazing systems are particularly vulnerable to glass damage during earthquakes, even in building with little or no damage to structural components. A basic understanding of the seismic response of different glazing systems is offered, and seismic design provisions and testing requirements are discussed. This chapter reviews lessons learned form the seismic response of glass in windows, storefronts, and curtain walls during actual earthquakes. Important parameters that affect the performance of glazing systems in earthquakes are reviewed, with special focus on seismic code provisions and mockup testing requirements

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCurtain Wall Systems
Subtitle of host publicationA Primer
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9780784477687
ISBN (Print)9780784412701
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering
  • General Arts and Humanities


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