An analytical solution for pre-crack behaviour of laminated glass under blast loading

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Title: An analytical solution for pre-crack behaviour of laminated glass under blast loading
Authors: Del Linz, P
Liang, X
Hooper, PA
Wang, LZ
Dear, JP
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Laminated glazing is often employed to minimise damage and injuries during blast events. In this work, the von Karman theory for large deflections of plates was used to simulate the effect of large explosions on laminated glazing. Linear material properties were assumed for both the glass and Polyvinyl Butyral layers. The glass and PVB layers were assumed to act fully compositely during the pre-crack phase of the deformation. A higher order deflection function was employed to represent the complex deformed shape observed in DIC blast test data collected by Hooper et al. [1]. The deflection results showed that the method developed could produce accurate estimates of the glazing deformation history during a blast event. The analytical solution was also used to compute the reaction forces acting on the window supports, which were found to be of a similar magnitude to those calculated from experimental data. In addition, crack densities were predicted, which were found to follow a pattern similar to those seen in blast experiments. The analytical approach developed is valuable for risk assessment engineers and façade designers who much prefer analytically based models over full-scale FE analysis, as FEA is often too time consuming for design assessments.
Issue Date: 26-Feb-2016
Date of Acceptance: 19-Feb-2016
ISSN: 0263-8223
Publisher: Elsevier
Start Page: 156
End Page: 164
Journal / Book Title: Composite Structures
Volume: 144
Copyright Statement: © 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC-BY license (
Sponsor/Funder: Office Of Naval Research Global
Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials (BIAM)
Office Of Naval Research Global
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Funder's Grant Number: N00014-12-1-0403
Keywords: Science & Technology
Materials Science, Composites
Materials Science
Laminated glass
Large deflections
09 Engineering
Publication Status: Published
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

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