Serviceability Failures due to Structural Movements

by Eric Downey, Dir.; Macdata Unit., Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Paisley Coll. of Tech., Paisley, Scotland,
Iain A. MacLeod, (M.ASCE), Prof. of Struct. Engrg.; Univ. of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland,

Serial Information: Journal of the Technical Councils of ASCE, 1982, Vol. 108, Issue 1, Pg. 1-9

Document Type: Journal Paper


A significant number of serviceability failures of buildings may be attributed to structural movements of one type or another. The reasons for these failures in general appear to relate either to a breakdown of communication between the architect and the structural engineer or to a failure on the part of either of these parties or the contractor to appreciate the implications of action taken during the design or construction of the building. Examples of this type of problem are cracking of nonload bearing walls on suspended floors, relative movements of reinforced concrete frames and claddings, normal structural deflections, thermal movements, and settlement. There is a need for better dissemination of information about serviceability failures so that designers are more aware of problems experienced by others.

Subject Headings: Building design | Serviceability | Failure analysis | Structural failures | Suspended structures | Reinforced concrete | Concrete frames | Professional development

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