Abnormal Loading and Building Safety

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Title: Abnormal Loading and Building Safety

Author(s): E.F.P. Burnett

Publication: Special Publication

Volume: 48

Issue:

Appears on pages(s): 141-190

Keywords: collisions; damage; explosion effects; explosions; impact strength; industrialized buildings; loads (forces); multistory buildings; residential buildings; safety factor; structural design

Date: 1/1/1975

Abstract:
In order to identify and define abnormal forms of loading a classification system for all forms of structural loading on buildings is developed. Statistics relating to the incidence and consquence of the following forms of abnormal loading are then summarized: gas explosion, bomb explosion, vehicular collision. An attempt is then made to evaluate the structural signifance of each of these loadings with particular reference to multi-unit residental and mutli-story commerical, i.e., engineered, buildings.