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Coupled Systems Mechanics
  Volume 10, Number 6, December 2021 , pages 475-490

Some aspects of the analyses of glass structures exposed to impact load
Gabrijela Grozdanic, Mirela Galic and Pavao Marovic

    With glass becoming a structural material there is a whole new approach for loading and ensuring the safety of construction. Due to its brittle nature, it is necessary to predict all possible problems so that structural integrity would not be endangered. In this paper, different approaches to modelling the glass elements are presented with references to the advantages, disadvantages, and application of each of them. The intention is clear, there is a need to improve and simplify the design guidelines. Given the increasing use of glass in construction it is not practical to produce experimental tests each time when the verification is needed. Today, architecture is bringing us different types of structures and every project presents a new challenge for engineers. A practical and simple approach is crucial for progress and efficiency. In this paper, different approaches to modelling glass are presented with an emphasis on soft body impact.
Key Words
    glass structures; impact load; pendulum test
Gabrijela Grozdanic, Mirela Galic and Pavao Marovic: Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geodesy, University of Split, Matice hrvatske 15, HR-21000 Split, Croatia

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