By Ph.D., P.E. Ali M. Memari
Curtain Wall structures compiles a easy evaluate of the various points of curtain wall structures that have an effect on their layout and function. It highlights the fabrics used to fabricate curtain partitions for low-rise to high-rise building and describes types of checks, mockups, and inspections. equipment of bettering the power functionality, waterproofing, and wind loading of curtain partitions are assessed. really expert elements of curtain wall layout and research for severe occasions, reminiscent of earthquake and bomb blast, are explored. cutting edge façade layout and new curtain wall and glazing structures are lined besides. MOP 126 is written for architects, structural engineers, HVAC engineers, normal contractors, construction proprietors, and development operators who're new to curtain wall structures and wish to benefit extra approximately this really good and rising box.
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This element is important for maintenance of material warranty on the project. The visual mockup represents a cost-effective means of making changes in materials or colors prior to mass construction of the building. Architects especially like to use aesthetic mockups to explore or review different Fig. 4-1. Example of a field visual mockup showing multiple substrates and components Source: Courtesy of Corgan Architects, Dallas; reproduced with permission TESTING MOCKUPS AND FIELD INSPECTION 35 materials.
5 Test Method for Thermal Cycling of Exterior Walls AAMA 502-08 Voluntary Specification for Field Testing of Newly Installed Fenestration Products AAMA 503 Voluntary Specification for Field Testing of Metal Storefronts, Curtain Walls, and Sloped Glazed Systems Note that AAMA (1987) and AAMA (1989) provides several design guides and technical reports. 2 Typical Prevalent Standards The more prevalent industry standards focus mainly on air- and waterresistance performance. These elements may be tested in the laboratory 38 CURTAIN WALL SYSTEMS or in the field (on site).
Some examples are large skylights, sloped glazing, and truss curtain walls. 4 MOCKUP TESTS Mockups are representative of the actual building profile and usually encompass the typical areas. Because all buildings have some level of sophistication or uniqueness, the owner or design professional typically is responsible for deciding what area and scope to test in the mockup. As previously stated, different mockup tests address specific features. The wind tunnel test is useful during the project design and construction documents phase of a project.