Faculty Advisor

Fallahi, Ali

Faculty Advisor

Van Dessel, Steven

Abstract

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.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2017

Major

Architectural Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

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