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Structural and functional integrity of energy-efficiency glazing units

Bao, Minxi (2014)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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Abstract

Windows are the least insulated components in the modern buildings envelopes. The energy-efficiency glazing units have been developed and used to reduce the heat loss from windows. As a type of most common glass product, insulating glass units (IGUs) have been widely adopted in the residential and commercial buildings. A type of new design of glazing units, vacuum glazing units (VGUs), has also been developed to further enhance the insulation performance. Research on the structural/durability behaviours of such new insulating glazing units is relatively limited, although the structural behaviours and safety of monolithic or laminated glass panels have been abundantly studied. This thesis intends to fill in this gap by performing thorough assessments on the structural performance of IGUs and VGUs under various environmental actions.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Yang, Jian
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Engineering & Physical Sciences
Department:School of Civil Engineering
Keywords:Energy efficiency; glazing; IGUs; bending behaviour; FEM hydrostatic fluids analysis; interactive environmental actions; load partition, size sensitivity; edge seal system; bond behaviour; sealant aging; VGUs; contact damage; Hertzian indentation crack; XFEM; triple IGUs; hybrid IGUs; Pressure equalisation system
Subjects:TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:5289
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