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STRUCTURES

Design of glass fin
Viorel Ungureanu
European Erasmus Mundus Master Course
Sustainable Constructions
under Natural Hazards and Catastrophic Events
520121-1-2011-1-CZ-ERA MUNDUS-EMMC
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Objectives of the lecture
Design of glass fin
Assess glass fin of the facade see figure. It is simply
supported and suspended from its top support. It is
bolted to the inside face of a glass facade and silicone
seals provide continuous attachment between the edge
of the fin and facade. It is assumed that for short-term
gust loads the silicone seals are capable of providing
lateral restraint to the edge of fin. It is also assumed that
the low modulus of silicone does not permit any T-beam
action between the fin and the facade.

L = c
1
6000 mm b = 500 mm
B = c
2
1500 mm t = 16 mm
wind load w = 1,0 kN/m
2

unit weight 2500 kg/m
3

L
b
B
float glass (t = 10mm) 28,0 MPa 7,0 MPa
toughened glass 59,0 MPa 35,0 MPa

Objectives
action
action
Lateral torsional
buckling
Deformation

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1. Moment (design value) simple check

Wind load w = 1,0 kN/m
2

2
1500 mm

2. Section modulus

( )

s =
1 6 8
1
3
2
t E
L w M
k F Ed
Objectives
action
action
Lateral torsional
buckling
Deformation

5 , 1 =
F

| | m kN B w w
k
=
2
6
1
b t W
y
=
y b
t
d
y
Ed
f
W
M
s =
- decision about the type of glass
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4. Axial load in the fin - self weight for = 25kN/m
3

5. Long term load action from self weight

( ) L B t L b t N
F Ed
+ =
Objectives
action
action
Lateral torsional
buckling
Deformation

d
fin
Ed
f
A
N
s =
- depends on the type of glass
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Lateral torsional buckling
6. Lateral torsional buckling of the glass fin according to the Australian
standard

L
a
= length of the beam
d = b . height of the glass fin
I
z
moment of inertia

G = 28 700MPa shear modulus of elasticity
J = I
t
torsional moment of inertia
y
h
= 250mm . location above the neutral axis of the loading point,
positive or negative values for suction and compression
y
0
= 250mm . distance of the restraints from neutral axis
Objectives
action
action
Lateral torsional
buckling
Deformation

( ) ( ) ( )
h
z a
CR
y y
GJ y
d
EI L
M
+
+
(

+
=
0
2
0
2
2
2
4

3
12
1
t b I
z
=
3
3
1
t b I
t
=
6
Deformation
7. Check - simple approach

8. Vertical deformation

9. Vibration

Objectives
action
action
Lateral torsional
buckling
Deformation

500 384
5
lim
4
L
EI
L w
y
k
= s

=
3
12
1
b t I
y
=
7 1,
M
M
cr
Ed
s
Hz f 5
16
> =

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Thank you