Robustness of tall timber buildings: an improved framework
Paper in proceeding, 2021

With the popularity of tall timber buildings seeing an unprecedented increase in the last decade, structural robustness is becoming a critical topic of interest, given the complexity of these new structures. While there exist a number of measures to design robust structures, all of them focus on the system behaviour of the structural components. This paper takes a step back from the current robustness practice and discusses an improved framework using a multi-level scale approach. The framework is first demonstrated qualitatively with the conceptual design of a robust tall timber building. A quantification method is presented, which utilises an average robustness index for multiple damage scenarios and compares the cost effectiveness of various conceptual improvements against a starting design. The improved framework will allow the designer to make informed decisions to increase the robustness of any structure effectively.






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Konstantinos Voulpiotis

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETH)

Jochen Köhler

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Robert Jockwer

Chalmers, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering

Andrea Frangi

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETH)

World Conference on Timber Engineering 2021, WCTE 2021


World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE 2021)
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