Conclusions and Recommendations on Experimental Tests
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Although experimental studies have not been performed within the scope of this research, in this chapter a brief discussion is presented on the experimental tests that are suggested for studying the behavior of the proposed connection devices and their effect on curtain wall systems during seismic events. The aim of these tests will be first to study the behavior of the connection device itself and later to see the effect that it will have on envelope systems subjected to seismic actions. In order to study the mechanical behavior of the connection device a laboratory test apparatus is discussed that is especially conceived for the study of cladding connections. And for the study of the effects of the connection device based on the recommendations of American Architectural Manufacturing Associations (AAMA) (Association of American Architectural Manufacturers 2001), a test facility is proposed to perform two types of static and dynamic experiments on a mockup.
KeywordsHydraulic Actuator Glass Panel Secondary Beam Glass Pane Curtain Wall
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