First published: N/A
Standard: £9 + VAT
An IStructE account gives you access to a world of knowledge. Create a profile to receive details of our unique range of resources, events and training.
Added to basket
This paper is concerned with the effects of gas explosions in buildings, the design guidance given in the UK, and that which is proposed for Europe. With the imminent requirement to assess the European prestandard on accidental actions due to impact and
explosion, this subject is now important throughout Europe and a consideration of current UK regulations is both timely and necessary. The paper describes the development of the UK regulations related to disproportionate collapse and the proposed
European requirements for considering gas explosions in design. To provide information in support of future developments, the paper considers the frequency and severity of gas explosions in the UK, based on survey data compiled since 1971. This facilitates an evaluation of the risks involved with this type of accidental action. The different types of explosion which can occur and the likely pressures to be encountered are examined and used to interpret the information from the reported incidents. This suggests a variety of options which may be considered for future regulations. These are discussed, together with the implications of adopting the current European proposals.
B.R. Ellis and D.M. Currie
Early involvement of specialist suppliers is important in cladding projects, allowing different details, or construction sequences, or component sizes to be suggested which may save money and time. A case in point is an office development at 136-150 Victoria Street in London.
The National Centre for Popular Music in Sheffield is due to open in Spring 1999. The
£80m project was the subject of a competition by the developers, Music Heritage Ltd in 1996, which was won by architects Branson Coates, structural engineers Buro Happold and contractor HBG construction.