Design methodology for determining the load resistance of heat-treated window glass

Stephen M. Morse, H. Scott Norville

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ASTM E 1300-07 employs only two glass type factors to adjust the load resistance of annealed glass for heat treatment, one factor for heat-strengthened glass and one factor for tempered glass. The use of only two factors provides a simplistic approach that fails to utilize the full capacity of heat-treated glass. ASTM E 1300-07 differentiates heat-strengthened from fully tempered glass by the magnitude of the residual compressive surface stress resulting from the heat treating process. Furthermore, ranges of residual compressive surface stress are specified for both heat-strengthened and fully tempered glasses, suggesting the glass type factors should vary with the residual compressive surface stress. This article presents a rational method for determining the load resistance of heat-treated glass based on the residual compressive surface stress. A method incorporating previously accepted design principles with the addition of extensive data computation is advanced to calculate load resistance for heat-treated glass. With the new method including the use of 25 additional charts, designers can easily design heat-treated glass based on any value of residual compressive surface stress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-51
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Architectural Engineering
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2012



  • Allowable stress design
  • Design standards
  • Finite difference method
  • Glass
  • Lateral pressure
  • Wind pressure
  • Window glass

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