Numerical modelling and analysis of the blast performance of laminated glass panels and the influence of material parameters

Hidallana-Gamage, Hasitha Damruwan, Thambiratnam, David P., & Perera, Nimal J. (2014) Numerical modelling and analysis of the blast performance of laminated glass panels and the influence of material parameters. Engineering Failure Analysis, 45, pp. 65-84.

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This paper presents a comprehensive numerical procedure to treat the blast response of laminated glass (LG) panels and studies the influence of important material parameters. Post-crack behaviour of the LG panel and the contribution of the interlayer towards blast resistance are treated. Modelling techniques are validated by comparing with existing experimental results. Findings indicate that the tensile strength of glass considerably influences the blast response of LG panels while the interlayer material properties have a major impact on the response under higher blast loads. Initially, glass panes absorb most of the blast energy, but after the glass breaks, interlayer deforms further and absorbs most of the blast energy. LG panels should be designed to fail by tearing of the interlayer rather than failure at the supports to achieve a desired level of protection. From this aspect, material properties of glass, interlayer and sealant joints play important roles, but unfortunately they are not accounted for in the current design standards. The new information generated in this paper will enhance the capabilities of engineers to better design LG panels under blast loads and use better materials to improve the blast response of LG panels.

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ID Code: 74145
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Laminated glass, Blast loading, Finite element modelling, Constituent material properties, Energy absorption
DOI: 10.1016/j.engfailanal.2014.06.013
ISSN: 1350-6307
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Structural Engineering (090506)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Elsevier Ltd
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Engineering Failure Analysis. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Engineering Failure Analysis, [Volume 45, 2014] DOI: 10.1016/j.engfailanal.2013.09.018
Deposited On: 20 Jul 2014 23:07
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2014 22:27

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