The stiffness and strength of laminated glass, a composite of glass layers bonded together by polymeric interlayers, depends upon shear coupling between the glass plies through the polymer. In the design practice, this effect is commonly considered by defining the effective thickness of laminated glass, i.e., the thickness of a monolith with equivalent bending properties. Various theories have been proposed to calculate such a value for a package of two layers of glass and one polymeric interlayer, but extrapolation to a higher number of layers gives in general inaccurate results. Here, the Enhanced Effective Thickness method, previously proposed for two-glass-layer composites, is extended to the case of laminated glass beams made (i) by three layers of glass of arbitrary thickness, or (ii) by an arbitrary number of equally-thick glass layers. Comparisons with numerical experiments confirm the accuracy of the proposed approach also in these cases.
Enhanced Effective Thickness of multi-layered laminated glass / Laura Galuppi; Gianni Royer Carfagni. - In: COMPOSITES. PART B, ENGINEERING. - ISSN 1359-8368. - 64(2014), pp. 202-213. [10.1016/j.compositesb.2014.04.018]
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