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- In-plane drift capacity of point fixed glass facade systems
- Sivanerupan, S.; Wilson, John L.; Gad, E. F.; Lam, N. T. K.
- The point fixed glass facade system (PFGFS), also known as a spider glass system, is popular as it is the most elegant option among architects particularly compared to framed glass facade systems. The system is fixed onto the support structure at minimal points using bolts and metal clamps. Generally the racking performance of these systems is not considered at the design stage. If the system does not have enough in-plane drift capacity it will be vulnerable in racking actions mainly during earthquakes and wind actions. A unique real scale in-plane racking laboratory test on a typical point fixed glass facade system was conducted. The major aim of the project is to assess the in-plane racking performance of PFGFS. In this paper, the laboratory test setup and the experimental results are discussed. A maximum drift of 2.1% was measured which was much larger than initially anticipated due to the rigid body articulation of the system. Analytical studies were carried out to interpret the racking behaviour of the PFGFS using the experimental results and presented and future research prospects are also discussed.
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- Conference paper
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- Swinburne University of Technology
- Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference of the Australian Earthquake Engineering Society (AEES), Perth, Western Australia, Australia, 26-28 November 2010 / Kevin McCue and Sharon Anderson (eds.)
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- Australian Earthquake Engineering Society
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- Copyright © 2010 Australian Earthquake Engineering Society. Published version of the paper reproduced here with the kind permission of the publisher.