The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 68 (1990) > Issues > Issue 16 > Appraisal of the Structural Adequacy of High-Rise Reinforced Concrete Domestic Buildings in Hong Kon
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Appraisal of the Structural Adequacy of High-Rise Reinforced Concrete Domestic Buildings in Hong Kong

As a result of identified concrete strength deficiencies, in a number of reinforced concrete multistorey public housing blocks constructed in the 1960s and early 1970s, the Hong Kong Housing Authority initiated a programme of structural appraisals, to assess the buildings’ overall structural adequacy and to determine strengthening requirements where appropriate. This paper describes the methodology which has been developed and the criteria which have been adopted in undertaking these appraisals, with particular reference to the assessment of applied loads, available material strengths and appropriate partial safety factors to be used in evaluating load effects and structural resistance. B.J. Stubbings, P.R. Ainsworth, R. Crane and R.A.M. Watkins