Frameless glass balustrade systems are an increasingly popular choice for modern architectural designs due to their safety and aesthetic benefits. These systems are typically composed of glass panels supported by metal or other structural elements such as posts or handrails. As glass balustrade systems are intended to provide safety, they are required to meet specific barrier loads such as impact and wind loads defined in international standards. Additionally, they should be able to withstand high horizontal loads in areas with intense human circulation to ensure safety in areas where people are concentrated. Thus, frameless glass balustrade systems should be designed according to international standards to meet the required safety measures. The study focuses on developing and examining the structural performance of a laminated glass balustrade system supported only by bottom aluminum channel profile. The research investigates the performance of the new glass balustrade system under high horizontal barrier loads through finite element analyses. The level of safety that must be provided in case of breaking one side of the laminated glass in accidental situations is also taken into consideration in the analyses. The results of the finite element analyses indicate that the glass balustrade system could withstand the required loads while maintaining its structural integrity. The study provides valuable insights into the structural performance of laminated glass balustrade systems and can inform future design considerations in the use of frameless glass balustrade systems. Additionally, it demonstrates the importance of complying with international standards for ensuring the safety of glass balustrade systems. In conclusion, frameless glass balustrade systems are an excellent choice for contemporary architectural designs, as they provide both safety and aesthetic benefits. ORCID NO: 0000-0002-9641-2004
Anahtar Kelimeler: Frameless glass balustrade systems, laminated glass, structural performance, safety, architectural design, finite element analysis.