Effective modelling of structural glass with laminated shell elements

Liang, Y. , Lancaster, F. and Izzuddin, B.A. (2016) Effective modelling of structural glass with laminated shell elements. Composite Structures, 156, pp. 47-62. (doi:10.1016/j.compstruct.2016.02.077)

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The cross-sectional behaviour of laminated glass (LG) is characterised by a significant zigzag effect owing to the large stiffness mismatch between the glass and polymer layers. The approach incorporated in current glass design standards is based on the use of a monolithic model with an effective thickness, which suffers several sources of inaccuracy and limitations. In this paper, laminated shell elements with an alternating stiff/soft lay-up are enhanced and used to model LG structures, so as to accurately reproduce the through-thickness behaviour of LG with a minimal number of zigzag displacement parameters per node. In order to consider the influence of loading rate and temperature on the response of LG, a linear viscoelastic material model is adopted to simulate the polymer interlayer, which is formulated based on a recursive formula for stress calculation. Finally, several applications of the proposed modelling approach for two-ply and multi-ply LG structures are presented, considering typical deflection, stability and creep problems, where the benefits of the proposed approach are demonstrated through comparisons against monolithic shell models based on an effective thickness as well as 3D continuum models.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Liang, Dr Yating
Authors: Liang, Y., Lancaster, F., and Izzuddin, B.A.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Infrastructure and Environment
Journal Name:Composite Structures
ISSN (Online):1879-1085
Published Online:03 March 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd.
First Published:First published in Composite Structures 156: 47-62
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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