Faculty Advisor

Fallahi, Ali

Faculty Advisor

Van Dessel, Steven


For this Major Qualifying Project, a virtual simulation of the fire-resistance test ASTM E2307 for a glass curtain wall system was created using computer software ANSYS. Using the software, knowledge was gained on the thermal and structural performance of these structures during a fire. Information from building codes such as the Uniform Building Code, BOCA National Building Code, the International Building Code and Underwriters Laboratories also allowed for the understanding of the fire-resistance of a curtain wall. Together, the codes and the virtual simulation support in determining whether there is a need for certain per- requisites such as, a 3-foot spandrel inside a curtain wall or having an automatic sprinkler system installed that are reference in the building codes.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2017


Architectural Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering