Hall Center For The Humanities


Structural Failures by Stan Rolfe

New Generation Society of Lawrence (NGSL members only)

Wed., Sep. 17, 2008, 9:30am - 10:30am
Location: Fire Station #5: 19th and Iowa
Large structures, such as ships, buildings, and bridges rarely fail. However, if they do fail, the failure generally is catastrophic, resulting in loss of life as well as considerable expense. Accordingly, future structural engineers (i.e., current engineering students) should be aware of such failures, and more importantly, learn how to prevent them.

Analysis of actual structural failures, such as the World War II merchant ships, the Kemper Arena roof, the Hyatt Hotel, and the World Trade Center Towers are examples of such structural failures that we analyzed in engineering classes.

Stan Rolfe, an engineering professor, will present an overview of these and other large structural failures.

Where: Fire Station #5: 19th and Iowa

Time: 9:30 10:30 am

Cost: $5.00 per person

Note: Mostly sitting.

Program Contact: Bill Benso, 842-2740
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