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R613.8 Mullions Occurring Between Individual Window and Glass Door Assemblies
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Mullions shall be tested by an approved testing laboratory in accordance with AAMA 450, or be engineered in accordance with accepted engineering practice. Mullions tested as stand-alone units or qualified by engineering shall use performance criteria cited in Sections R613.8.2, R613.8.3 and R613.8.4. Mullions qualified by an actual test of an entire assembly shall comply with Sections R613.8.2 and R613.8.4.
Mullions shall be designed to transfer the design pressure loads applied by the window and door assemblies to the rough opening substrate.
Mullions shall be capable of resisting the design pressure loads applied by the window and door assemblies to be supported without deflecting more than L/175, where L is the span of the mullion in inches.
Mullions shall be capable of resisting a load of 1.5 times the design pressure loads applied by the window and door assemblies to be supported without exceeding the appropriate material stress levels. If tested by an approved laboratory, the 1.5 times the design pressure load shall be sustained for 10 seconds, and the permanent deformation shall not exceed 0.4 percent of the mullion span after the 1.5 times design pressure load is removed.