SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 April 2006

Seismic Performance of Two-Side Structural Silicone Glazing Systems


This paper presents the results of the first phase of an experimental research program on simulated seismic performance of structural silicone glazed (SSG) curtain wall systems. Full-scale, twoside SSG mockups made up of three side-by-side glass panels were tested under cyclic racking displacements to determine serviceability and ultimate behavior responses. Variables were glass type (annealed and fully tempered) and panel con.guration (monolithic, laminated, and insulating glass). In the experiments carried out, damage states such as gasket deformation/pullout, sealant failure (e.g., adhesion/cohesion, etc.), glass cracking glass and fallout were identi.ed and their corresponding drift levels were determined. The extent of damage to silicone sealant was determined through air leakage tests.

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Memari, AM
Penn State University, University Park, PA
Chen, X
College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan, Art and Architecture Building, Ann Arbor, MI
Kremer, PA
Penn State University, University Park, PA
Behr, RA
Penn State University, University Park, PA
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Developed by Committee: C24
Pages: 40–49
DOI: 10.1520/STP41025S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5892-4
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-3414-0