The investigation of the collapse of a five-story reinforced concrete flat-plate structure under construction at Cocoa Beach, Florida is presented in this report. The investigation included onsite inspection, laboratory tests and anlytical studies. Based on the results of this investigation, it is concluded that the most probable cause of the failure was insufficient punching shear capacity in the fifth-floor slab to resit the applied construction loads.
Citation: Building Science Series - 145
NIST Pub Series: Building Science Series
Pub Type: NIST Pubs
building collapse, concrete, construction, failure, flat plate, shear