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Abolhassan Astaneh-Asl, a structural engineer and forensics expert, contends his computer simulations disprove the society's findings that skyscrapers could not be designed to withstand the impact of a jetliner.
Astaneh-Asl, who received money from the National Science Foundation to investigate the collapse, insisted most New York skyscrapers built with traditional designs would survive such an impact and prevent the kind of fires that brought down the twin towers.
He also questioned the makeup of the society's investigation team. On the team were the wife of the trade center's structural engineer and a representative of the buildings' original design team.
"I call this moral corruption," said Astaneh-Asl, who is on the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley.
Originally posted by ThroatYogurt
Does he show his work?
Originally posted by HLR53K
The tax-payers and the ones who lost family members or friends most of all.
Originally posted by HLR53K
reply to post by john_locke78
First off, I agree that doing an physical recreation of the event would really anger some. The tax-payers and the ones who lost family members or friends most of all. Not to mention having to let it sit around for 30 years before actually doing the experiment.
Just a really big experiment to solve what essentially is a pissing match between two sides.
Though the good part is that it would create some more jobs and maybe do something for the economy...
john_locke78, do you have an idea of how hot your oven is? It's an interesting experiment for sure.
Originally posted by jmdewey60
You would not have to use a real building or a real airliner.
They make pretty good jet engines for radio control model planes that will run them over three hundred miles an hour.
Just build a radio controlled plane with two engines, then build a scale model building in proportion to the model plane.
I would bet on the building not coming down, not without some high explosives thrown in.
Originally posted by argentus
reply to post by Monte-Carlo
Even then, it's entirely possible, IMO, that the plane might collapse upon itself (all within microseconds, mind you), creating a sealed and compressed directional charge. It needs to reach perhaps 25,000 fps to cut the primary structural (possible already weakened) members, and dont forget to consider the added brisance by the aluminum.
out of curiosity how do you get 25,000 FPS? do you mean feet per second or foot pounds of force?
because feet persecond would have the plane traveling at nearly 5 miles a second. where as foot pound of force is logical.
if you could please enlighten me.