Wind load resistance of large trapezoidal glass lites

H. Scott Norville, Mostafa M. El-Shami, Ryan Jackson, George Johnson

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Large trapezoidal annealed window glass lites glaze airport control tower cabs. The authors have developed a design methodology for these lites as discussed in this paper. In developing the methodology, the authors conducted failure tests of large, trapezoidal, weathered window glass lites, obtained from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, under uniform pressure. They used a nonlinear finite element analysis technique for thin plates coupled with failure prediction techniques that underlay ASTM Practice for Determining the Load Resistance of Glass in Buildings (E 1300-00) to develop their design methodology. The paper summarizes the experimental data, load-induced stresses in large trapezoidal window glass lites, and the load resistance of large trapezoidal lites relative to that of rectangular window glass lites. It presents the design methodology and illustrates it with an example.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-89
Number of pages11
JournalASTM Special Technical Publication
Issue number1434
StatePublished - 2002
EventThe Use Of Glass In Buildings - Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Duration: Apr 14 2002Apr 14 2002


  • Airport control towers
  • Failure prediction
  • Finite element analysis
  • Glazing design
  • Maximum stress


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