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Fire Induced Vibration Monitoring for Building Collapse. Final Report. August 1, 2002 to July 31, 2005.


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Duron, Z. H.; Yoder, N.; Kelcher, R.; Hutchings, A.; Markwardt, S.; Panish, R.

NIST GCR 06-885; 64 p. October 2005.

Sponsor:

National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD

Keywords:

building collapse; vibration; field tests; burn tests; structures; sensors

Abstract:

A field-based monitoring technique that utilizes measurements of fire-induced vibration was developed and first demonstrated under a previously funded research effort. This report details the findings of the ensuing 3-year endeavor in which significant improvements were made to both field-test and analysis procedures. A real-time monitoring tool has been developed and numerous full-scale burn tests on a variety of structures have been completed. A significant contribution of the research stems from the use of system stability theory to aid in the interpretation of the field measurements. The techniques described in this report can be used to monitor burning structures and to provide visual indicators that track changes in structural stability.