Embedded and point laminated adhesive connections for glass structures: parametric non-linear numerical investigations

Manuel Santarsiero, Christian Louter

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The high demand for architectural transparency has drastically increased the use of glass mate-rial also for structural purpose. However, connections between structural glass members repre-sent one of the most critical aspects of glass engineering, due to the fragile behaviour of this ma-terial. In that regard, research activities on a novel typology of metal-to- glass adhesive connections (called laminated connections) are currently on-going at EPFL. In this paper the non-linear numerical investigations on the behaviour of this type of adhesive joints are pre-sented. More specifically the effects of mechanical and geometrical parameters on the response of the laminated connections have been studied by non-linear modelling. The results were ob-tained performing several numerical simulations varying the parameters’ values and monitoring the related effects. Scripts for automatic pre-processing, analysis and post-processing have been developed and used for the calculation, rather than a user interface approach. Strong non-linearity in both strain and stress field distributions have been observed, even in case of simple load condition.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the GPD 2013
EditorsJorma Vitkala
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • laminated connections
  • TSSA silicon
  • SentryGlas® ionomer
  • embedded connections
  • point fixing
  • numerical modeling
  • non-linear analysis
  • automatic scripts
  • parametrical analysis


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