The aluminium brackets system used for the façade-building interaction (dimensions in mm).
Numerical Analysis of Aluminium Façade Components

Material Properties, Elastic-Plastic Response and Sustainable Impact





façades and cladding components, material optimisation, elastic-plastic, elastic-hardening analysis


This paper commences with a scientific literature review of current research that underlines the environmental benefits to be gained from using smaller quantities of raw materials in the construction industry, with particular emphasis on a sustainable approach to façade design.  Life cycle assessment modelling is advocated to validate the sustainability of building structures to achieve optimal solutions. A real-life application of the design of an aluminium façade bracket is presented, demonstrating that a weight reduction of up to 35-45% is attainable by exploiting the post-elastic properties of a material. The work described ranges from a discussion of the current conventional numerical techniques adopted by the industry to the most recent and advanced computational methods permitted by the introduction of Eurocode 9. This code facilitates a substantial enhancement in structural performance by incorporating an evaluation of the material's elastic-hardening behaviour and allows for a noteworthy reduction in component size and increased geometric design flexibility.

How to Cite

Mastropasqua, A., Stefani, M., Rigone, P., Mazzucchelli, E. S., Giussani, P., & Ammari, M. (2023). Numerical Analysis of Aluminium Façade Components: Material Properties, Elastic-Plastic Response and Sustainable Impact. Journal of Facade Design and Engineering, 11(1), 19–36.



Author Biography

Augusto Mastropasqua, MZA Research - Numerical Consulting ltd

Augusto Mastropasqua currently works at MZA Research - Numerical Consulting ltd (London), where he is involved in research addressing 'Complex joints in tubular steel structures manufactured by recent laser-cutting techniques' and '3D Digital Design in Buildings'. He also provides customised courses in Applied FEA, with reference to the Design of Steel/Aluminium Structures and Structural/Mechanical applications.  


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