Why did the world trade center collapse?-Simple analysis

Zdenek P Bazant, Yong Zhou

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Abstract

This paper presents a simplified approximate analysis of the overall collapse of the towers of World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001. The analysis shows that if prolonged heating caused the majority of columns of a single floor to lose their load carrying capacity, the whole tower was doomed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2-6
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Engineering Mechanics
Volume128
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002

Keywords

  • Analysis
  • Buildings
  • Collapse
  • Disasters
  • High-rise
  • New York
  • New York City
  • Terrorism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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