SS27: Progressive Collapse and Design for Robustness
Summary: Progressive collapse is one of the hottest topics in the structural engineering field, as shown by the rising number of scientific papers and the continuous updating of design codes. This special session, bringing together researchers from around the world, will aim at addressing the entire spectrum of topics covered by the session title. A current overview of the diverse topics that arise from the problem of progressive collapse will be presented, and the question of the robustness of structures addressed. The scope of the session will extend from topics with a more theoretical-mathematical orientation (such as reliability theory, risk assessment, and robustness index), to those with a more practical-technical orientation (namely computational modelling, experimental testing, collapse resistant design, design for robustness, disproportionate collapse standards, and the new ASCE SEI ALPA Guidelines). Contributions on theoretical formulations, computational and experimental methods, design approaches and design guidelines are all welcome.