Curtain wall systems are considered as envelop of a building, generally made of a lightweight material such as aluminium. The curtain wall façade does not carry any weight from the building, rather it transfers loads that are incident upon it to the main building structure through connections with floors or columns. This paper addresses some key issues in satisfying the respective limit state design checks. Two mullion profiles 85mm and 125mm deep of three manufacturers are analysed showing that the different extrusions of mullion profiles does not have any drastic effect on its structural behavior. Due to the versatility and lightweight, aluminum has many advantages when used as a curtain wall framing material, but it has the distinct disadvantage of being three times more deformable than steel. Therefore, the fulfillment of serviceability limits is an important issue when designing the framing members, in order to avoid damage of connected glasses. Also, the importance of connections and steel insert are highlighted. Finally, some completed and in-progress ALUTEC projects with different curtain wall systems are presented. The paper is therefore interesting for the Façade Engineers involved in the design of curtain walls.

Aluminium framing members in facades

FORMISANO, ANTONIO;
2016

Abstract

Curtain wall systems are considered as envelop of a building, generally made of a lightweight material such as aluminium. The curtain wall façade does not carry any weight from the building, rather it transfers loads that are incident upon it to the main building structure through connections with floors or columns. This paper addresses some key issues in satisfying the respective limit state design checks. Two mullion profiles 85mm and 125mm deep of three manufacturers are analysed showing that the different extrusions of mullion profiles does not have any drastic effect on its structural behavior. Due to the versatility and lightweight, aluminum has many advantages when used as a curtain wall framing material, but it has the distinct disadvantage of being three times more deformable than steel. Therefore, the fulfillment of serviceability limits is an important issue when designing the framing members, in order to avoid damage of connected glasses. Also, the importance of connections and steel insert are highlighted. Finally, some completed and in-progress ALUTEC projects with different curtain wall systems are presented. The paper is therefore interesting for the Façade Engineers involved in the design of curtain walls.
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