Thermo-mechanical Numerical Modelling of Structural Glass under Fire - Preliminary Considerations and Comparisons

Chiara Bedon, Christian Louter

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    In this paper, careful consideration is paid for structural glass elements under fire loading. In particular, a thermo-mechanical Finite Element (FE) numerical investigation is carried out in ABAQUS on small-scale structural glass elements exposed to fire. Taking advantage of past literature efforts, major thermal effects on the material properties are taken into account in the form of key input parameters for numerical simulations. Further validation of the so calibrated FE models is then carried out towards past small-scale experimental fire tests on monolithic glass panels. A sensitivity FE study is hence proposed, giving evidence of major influencing parameters on the thermo-mechanical performance of the same structural glass elements, including variations in the fire exposure, thermal-to-mechanical loading ratio, geometrical and mechanical features of the specimens.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the Challenging Glass Conference 6 (CGC 6)
    Subtitle of host publicationInternational Conference on Architectural and Structural Applications of Glass
    EditorsChristian Louter, Freek Bos, Jan Belis, Fred Veer, Rob Nijsse
    PublisherTU Delft Open
    ISBN (Print)978-94-6366-044-0
    Publication statusPublished - May 2018
    EventChallenging Glass 6: International Conference on the Architectural and Structural Application of Glass - TU Delft, Delft, Netherlands
    Duration: 17 May 201818 May 2018
    Conference number: 6


    ConferenceChallenging Glass 6
    Abbreviated titleCGC
    OtherChallenging Glass is an international bi-annual conference that aims at gathering world class designers, engineers, researchers and industry partners to discuss on the architectural and structural use of glass.
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    • Structural Glass
    • Thermo-Mechanical Performance
    • Finite Element (FE) Numerical Modelling
    • Fire Conditions
    • Sensitivity Study
    • Experiments


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