Fire-Induced Progressive Collapse Analyses of High-Rise Towers


D. Isobe: Numerical Simulations for Investigation on True Cause of the Total Collapse of the WTC Towers, Proceedings of International Symposium on Structures under Earthquake, Impact, and Blast Loading 2008 (IB'08), (2008), pp. 157-164, Osaka, Japan.


Some fire-induced collapse analyses are carried out on a high-rise tower model, as shown in Fig. 1, which presents an important role in an investigation of the true cause of the total collapse of the WTC towers. An outrigger truss system is placed on the roof top of the model, and the influence of the system against structural vulnerability of the tower is verified in the analysis. The tower is modeled with 9,360 linear Timoshenko beam elements and contains 6,644 nodes and 39,600 degrees of freedom. For example, the sectional sizes of the columns used on the 1st floor are -700~28. We set the member joint strength ratio CM to vary from 0.1 to 0.6. We applied three fire patterns; middle three rows to outer three rows, from the 21st to 24th floors assumed to have been on fire, as shown in Fig. 2, to see how the fire patterns affect the collapse initiation time. Reduction curves for the modulus of elasticity and yield strength due to elevated temperatures are adopted. It has been reported that the modulus of elasticity of the columns was reduced to 60% of the original value, and the yield strength to 10% of the original value, at 700 degrees Celsius. The analysis takes approximately 8 hrs with a personal computer (CPU: 2.93 GHz Xeon).


Fig. 1 Analyzed model


Fig. 2 Assumed fire patterns (21F~24F)


Fig. 3 Collapse mode (CM = 0.3, fire pattern A)


Fig. 4 Collapse mode (CM = 0.3, fire pattern B)


Fig. 5 Collapse mode (CM = 0.3, fire pattern C)

Figures 3, 4, 5 show the collapse modes of the tower exposed to each fire pattern when the member joint strength ratio CM was set to 0.3 and the axial force ratio was set to 0.33 with the regular-strength outrigger truss system (the structural strength was similar to the beams on the 1st floor) placed on the roof. In all of the cases, a total collapse was inevitable and the results clearly show the effect of the weak member joints and the effect of the strength reduction due to the elevated temperatures. As shown in the figures, the shock wave propagates through the columns and moves faster than the falling motion of the upper structure, which destroys the member joints as it moves towards the ground level. The fire patterns do not seem to affect the overall collapse behavior; however, the slant angles at the collapse initiation phase are different, and the collapse initiation time is shorter if the fire pattern is asymmetrical. The collapse initiation time depends on the strength and the number of outrigger trusses that support the load paths near structural deficiencies. In general, the models with outrigger truss systems withstand for a longer time due to catenary action under the condition that the load paths are protected.

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