Evaluation of Cast Iron Columns for Safety and Reliability

by Joel S. Weinstein, (M.ASCE), Thornton-Tomasetti/Engineers,
William Lamartina, Thornton-Tomasetti/Engineers,
Mark Tamaro, (A.M.ASCE), Thornton-Tomasetti/Engineers,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structures Congress XII


Cast iron columns exist in numerous vintage buildings. Alterations to these buildings often require analysis and modification of the structural system. This paper identifies codes that governed original cast iron construction, as well as listing recommended guide lines for their evaluation and retrofit. The application of these guide lines is then illustrated in a building renovation designed by Thornton-Tomasetti/Engineers.

Subject Headings: Cast iron | Building design | Structural analysis | Building codes | Structural safety | Standards and codes | Rehabilitation

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