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June 2012
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Progressive Collapse of Composite Structures

The collapse of the World Trade Center (WTC) in New York provided television viewers worldwide with a firsthand view of the structural phenomenon known as progressive collapse. Although this phenomenon is not new (for example, the Ronan Point apartment building in London collapsed some 40 years previously), the dramatic impact raised questions within the structural engineering community about exactly how the collapse happened, what was the governing mechanism, and how greater robustness might be provided to potentially vulnerable structures. The result has been heightened interest at the fundamental level, considerable research, and the prospect of more realistic representations of the key features of the phenomenon in design procedures.

Professor David A Nethercot is Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College as well as being Deputy Principal of the Engineering Faculty. He is a past President of the Institution of Structural Engineers. He has more than thirty years experience of research, specialised advisory work and committee activity in the area of steel, aluminium and composite construction.A particular interest in his research has been the influence of connection behaviour on the overall performance of frame structures, where he has been responsible for major programmes of combined experimental and numerical work that underpin design treatments in British, European and other national standards, as well as industry design guides such as those produced by the SCI. Current research interests include progressive collapse of structures and light gauge and stainless steel construction.

This event is organized by the Irish National Group of IABSE and is being staged in co-operation with the Engineers Ireland Structures and Construction Division and the IStructE (RoI Branch) and is an Engineers Ireland CPD approved event.

A flyer is available for download here.

Venue: Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road
Date: Tuesday, 19 June, 2012
Time: 19:30

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