Progressive Collapse Under Abnormal Load

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ProQuest, 2009 - 113 pages
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A progressive collapse is initiated as a result of local structural damage and develops into a failure that is disproportionate to the initiating local damage. Structural collapse can be initiated by many hazards such as earthquakes, fires, or terrorist attacks. On 9/11, the World Trade Center (WTC) towers failed because the terrorist attack led to progressive collapse. Earthquake is a low probability/high consequence event. Therefore, it is very important to analyze how a progressive collapse caused by a seismic hazard event can unfold.
  

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Contents

Contents Page
1
List of Figures
3
List of Tables
5
Hazard Event
9
Estimation of Failure Probability of a Column Due to Earthquake
19
Progressive Collapse of a Structure under Local Damage
50
Chapter 4
51
Determining an Optimal Design Based on Risk Assessment
67
Chapter 5
76
Conclusions and Recommendations
86
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