Title

Modelling Fracture in Laminated Architectural Glass Subject to Low Velocity Impact

Abstract

Standard finite element wave propagation codes are useful for determining stresses caused by colliding bodies; however, their applicability to brittle materials is limited because an accurate treatment of the fracture process is difficult to model. This paper presents a method that allows traditional wave propagation codes to model low velocity, small missile impact in laminated architectural glass such as that which occurs in severe windstorms. Specifically, a method is developed to model typical fractures that occur when laminated glass is impacted by windborne debris. Computational results of concern to architectural glazing designers are presented.

Department(s)

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 1997 Springer Verlag, All rights reserved.


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