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Parametric analyses on the impact fracture of laminated glass using the combined finite-discrete element method


Chen, X and Chen, X and Chan, AHC and Cheng, Y, Parametric analyses on the impact fracture of laminated glass using the combined finite-discrete element method, Composite Structures, 297 Article 115914. ISSN 0263-8223 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.compstruct.2022.115914


Laminated glass is composed of glass and interlayer, and it is sensitive to impact actions which usually lead to fracture and fragmentation with high nonlinearity and strong discontinuity. The combined finite-discrete element method (FDEM) has been employed to examine the impact fracture of laminated glass against comprehensive parameters. Following the introduction on the FDEM, verification examples and convergence study are presented. A parametric investigation follows, and the influences of a variety of parameters are addressed. Parameters include impact velocity, glass material properties, interlayer thickness and position, glazing construction, shape and Young's modulus of projectiles, etc. It is concluded that increasing neither tensile strength nor surface energy of glass would reduce the deformation of laminated glass remarkably, however, strengthening the outer glass is beneficial and meaningful. An optimum thickness of interlayer is found in the range of 11"44% of the total thickness, and laminated glass with multiple interlayers improves its energy absorption and displacement reduction capacities. Projectiles with a larger contact surface would damage laminated glass more seriously. It is also found that soft impact transfers more kinetic energy to the laminated glass than hard impact, while its peak impact force is lower than that of hard impact.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:impact, fracture, laminated glass, parametric analyses, FDEM
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Civil engineering
Research Field:Structural dynamics
Objective Division:Construction
Objective Group:Construction design
Objective Field:Civil construction design
UTAS Author:Chan, AHC (Professor Andrew Chan)
UTAS Author:Cheng, Y (Ms Yingyao Cheng)
ID Code:150830
Year Published:2022
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2022-07-01
Last Modified:2023-01-10

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