Assessment of robustness of structures: current state of research

Colin Brett, Yong Lu

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The concept of structural robustness and relevant design guidelines have been in existence in the progressive collapse literature since the 1970s following the partial collapse of the Ronan Point apartment building; however, in the more general context, research on the evaluation and enhancement of structural robustness is still relatively limited. This paper is aimed to provide a general overview of the current state of research concerning structural robustness. The focus is placed on the quantification and the associated evaluation methodologies, rather than specific measures to ensure prescriptive robustness requirements. Some associated concepts, such as redundancy and vulnerability, will be discussed and interpreted in the general context of robustness such that the corresponding methodologies can be compared quantitatively using a comparable scale. A framework methodology proposed by the authors is also introduced in line with the discussion of the literature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)356
Number of pages13
JournalFrontiers of Structural and Civil Engineering
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Structural robustness, abnormal exposure, vulnerability, collapse, consequence


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