Glazing and curtain wall systems to resist earthquakes

Ali M. Memari, Thomas A. Schwartz

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This chapter reviews lessons learned from the seismic response of glass in windows, storefronts, and curtain walls in actual earthquakes, as well as in laboratory experimental studies involving in-plane cyclic racking tests. New developments in analytical methods to predict the response of architectural glass in earthquakes (e.g. drift that causes glass cracking) are discussed. The authors also discuss methods to mitigate architectural glass damage during earthquakes, including the use of sufficient glass-to-frame clearance, fully tempered and/or laminated glass, structural silicone glazing (SSG), adhered and anchored safety films, and rounded corner glass.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationArchitectural Glass to Resist Seismic and Extreme Climatic Events
PublisherElsevier Ltd
Number of pages36
ISBN (Print)9781845693695
StatePublished - Sep 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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