Nonlinear Calculation Methods for Polymeric Materials in Structural Glass Construction - an Overview


  • Christian Scherer H.B.Fuller |Kömerling
  • Thomas Scherer
  • Thomas Schwarz
  • Wolfgang Wittwer
  • Ernst Semar



Since time began there has been a strong fascination in foreseeing the behavior of buildings and constructions.  Now In order to predict this behavior, we use experimental, and increasingly more time- and cost-effective, computational simulations. Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is a method that has become increasingly prevalent and has become firmly established in aviation and vehicle construction for decades. In recent years, there has been a marked growth in the use of numerical simulations for the verification of adhesive bonds, particularly in façade development where polymeric materials such as sealants or thermoplastic spacers are becoming increasingly important. This is partly driven by their expansion stress behavior, which differs greatly from the classic linear behavior of established materials such as aluminum, steel or glass. The present work uses non-linear material laws for FEA and exhibits the behavior of the sealant joint in various load scenarios on several projects. The presented case studies show that the developed calculation methods can be used to describe polymeric materials very precisely and thus simulate a wide variety of load scenarios on glued components in time and money saving manner.

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Numerical Modeling & Experimental Validation