Structural Failures and How to Prevent Them

by Dov Kaminetzky, (F.ASCE), Partner; Feld, Kaminetzky & Cohen, Consulting Engineers, New York, N.Y.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1976, Vol. 46, Issue 8, Pg. 60-63

Document Type: Feature article


Reducing failures of buildings and other structures requires compentent design; clear communication of that design to the contractor by means of engineering drawings, etc.; careful and competent construction; and effective construction supervision. Further, designers and contractors need feedback from past structural failures, so they won't repeat someone else's mistakes. This article focuses on lessons that can be learned from design and construction failures in: reinforced concrete; prestressed concrete; and concrete formwork. Several case histories are described in detail, including photos and illustrations.

Subject Headings: Reinforced concrete | Building design | Prestressed concrete | Failure analysis | Structural failures | Contractors and subcontractors | Case studies | Structural design

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