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Proceedings 2018, 2(8), 495;

Quasi-Static and Dynamic Testing of Annealed Float Glass

Structural Impact Laboratory (SIMLab), Department of Structural Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway
Centre for Advanced Structural Analysis (CASA), NTNU, NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway
Presented at the 18th International Conference on Experimental Mechanics (ICEM18), Brussels, Belgium, 1–5 July 2018.
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Published: 29 June 2018
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Three different experimental set-ups were employed in the investigation of the fracture strength of annealed float glass. These included four-point bending tests on three different specimen sizes, and quasi-static and dynamic pressure tests. The latter tests were conducted in a shock tube, i.e., a device that produces pressure loadings similar to that from a far-field blast event. The experimental work demonstrated that the fracture strength of glass varies largely within the same test set-up. It also revealed that the fracture strength and its scatter are dependent on the size of the specimen, the boundary conditions and the loading situation. By employing a newly proposed strength prediction model, which relies on the physical fracture behaviour of glass, the trends observed in the experiments were correctly recreated.
Keywords: float glass; brittle fracture; stochastic fracture; blast load; shock tube float glass; brittle fracture; stochastic fracture; blast load; shock tube
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Osnes, K.; Hopperstad, O.S.; Børvik, T. Quasi-Static and Dynamic Testing of Annealed Float Glass. Proceedings 2018, 2, 495.

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