The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 76 (1998) > Issues > Issue 16 > Verification of the Robustness of a Six-Storey Timber-Frame Building
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Verification of the Robustness of a Six-Storey Timber-Frame Building

Robustness tests have been undertaken on a full-scale six-storey timber frame test building. The building, known as TF2000, is the result of a DETR-supported and industry-funded research project. The core research programme includes full-scale tests to enable an evaluation of the actual behaviour of the TF2000 structure when selected vertical loadbearing wall panels are removed. This evaluation was to verify by ‘test’ that the inherent stiffness of standard cellular platform timber frame construction can provide adequate robustness so that, in the event of an accident or misuse, the building will not suffer collapse to an extent disproportionate to the cause. This is referred to as disproportionate collapse compliance within the UK Building Regulations. M.W. Milner, S. Edwards, D.B. Turnbull and V. Enjily

Author(s): Milner, M W;Edwards, S;Turnbull, D B;Enjily, V

Keywords: timber;frames;multistorey buildings;progressive collapse;research;robustness;building regulations;accidental damage;testing