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World Trade Center Attack: UC Professor Faults Design
As we come up on the six year anniversary of the World Trade Center attack of September 11, 2001, it reminded me of an article published last year in Design News based on my interview with a University of California professor of Civil Engineering. After conducting extensive simulation studies of the collapse, he concluded that the buildings could have survived, had one bad design decision not led to another: “The simulation model shows the plane slicing right through the outer walls of the building like it was a flimsy egg crate,”Professor Abolhassen Astareh-Asi explained. “Because of their unique design, the buildings essentially had no robustness to withstand the impact of a medium-sized plane flying into them at 800 miles per hour.”Tags: FEA, Structural, World Trade Center