The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 77 (1999) > Issues > Issue 18 > A Theory of Structural Vulnerability
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A Theory of Structural Vulnerability

A structure is vulnerable if any damage produces consequences that are disproportionate to that damage; conversely, a structure is robust if it can withstand arbitrary damage. The purpose of this paper is to present a new theory of structural vulnerability. It is a theory of structural form and connectivity, the purpose of which is to identify the ‘weak links’ within a structure. It is not a theory of the response of a structure to loads. Z. Lu, Y. Yu. N.J. Woodman and Professor D.I. Blockley