Collapse of the 16-Story Plasco Building in Tehran due to Fire: Special Seminar on Structural and Fire Engineering

Seminar | June 6 | 4-5 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Professor Ali Akbar Aghakouchak, Ph.D., CEE Dept. Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Plasco was a 16-story building constructed in 1962 that collapsed on January 30th, 2017 due to fire. In this presentation initially, the incident and the architectural and structural specifications of the building are described. Then the results of different linear and non-linear analyses of the structure are presented. Deformed shapes of the structure obtained from the analyses are compared to photographs of the building during the fire and debris remaining from the structure. Lessons learned from this incident may help the researchers to establish necessary criteria for the design of new structures or assessment of existing ones against progressive collapse resulting from incidents such as fire.