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
Major Qualifying Project
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Civil and Environmental Engineering