Special Issue "Building Failures"
A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 September 2012)
Professor M. Kevin Parfitt (Website)
Department of Architectural Engineering, Penn State University, 104 Engineering Unit A, University Park, PA 16802, USA
Phone: +1 814 863 3244
Fax: +1 814 863 4789
Interests: building structural and architectural systems failures; building performance; forensic engineering and practice; failures education; building failures case studies; failures information dissemination and disaster studies
Society is fortunate that in most countries, complete building collapses are a relatively rare occurrence. However, if you use the definition of failure to be any building system or component that does not perform as expected then building failures are much more commonplace not to mention costly to repair. Thus we see that building failures examples include water penetration of the roof and building envelope, façade failures, performance issues such as excessive deflection or floor vibration, failure of fire proofing concepts to protect the building structure or occupants, premature corrosion and deterioration of building material components as well as the more recognized cases of building collapse from overload, design and construction defects and collapse during construction operations. For this special issue of Buildings authors are invited to submit papers on all aspects of building failures related to structural, architectural and MEP systems failures as discussed above. Research papers as well as case studies, especially those that describe unique aspects of investigation, repair and lessons learned, are welcomed. Papers describing unique and successful dissemination of failure case study results to educate the profession as well as discussions on how to successfully teach failures in the Academy are appropriate to the overall theme of this issue.
Professor M. Kevin Parfitt