Breakage of Point Supported Glass Façades in Fire
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Prior research only explored small-sized window glass with surrounding edges covered by an opaque frame or gasket. Until recently, very little research has been conducted to investigate point-supported glass curtain walls, which are generally supported by four points and widely used as the outside walls of high buildings or separation walls inside buildings. Despite its wide application, its fire resistance and breakage mechanism is not yet well understood, however. If subjected to fire, the entire glass pane would be exposed to strong radiation, and the resulting breaking process would be very different from that of edge-covered glass.
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