Science of Concrete & the Surfside Condo Collapse

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Reactions Science Videos | September 15, 2021

Concrete buildings don’t just collapse out of the blue. Even earthquakes aren’t supposed to bring them down. So why did the Champlain Towers South building in Surfside, Florida — a modern structure built in 1981 — fail?

Sources:
Champlain Towers structural field survey:

Quotes from the top half of pg 7:
"failed waterproofing is causing major structural damage"
"concrete slab is not sloped to drain... This is a major error in the development of the original contract documents prepared by [the architects]"

Ex-Maintenance Manager for Surfside Condo That Collapsed Recalls Saltwater Intrusion

Composition and density of nanoscale calcium–silicate–hydrate in cement

Steel Corrosion

‘The building was in OK shape.’ The upscale condo near Miami Beach still collapsed.

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