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Library of Congress Catalog Number: 75-619098 16. ABSTRACT (A 200-word or less factual summary of most significant information. Il document includes a significant
bibliography or literature survey, mention il here.) This bibliography on the subjects of abnormal loading and progressive collapse 18 an annotated listing of articles that have appeared in the technical literature from 1948 through 1973. The entries have been arranged chronologically by year and alphabetically within years. Both subject and author Indau have been included. The references listed have been selected as most repruentative of the historical background and best representing the origin and present state-of-the-art of current practice without undue repetition of data. References pertaining to characteristics, frequencies, incidents, tests, design procedures, and regulations for many types of abnormal loadings are included. Among these are various types of accidental impacts, construction loads, explosions, faulty practices, and extreme atmospheric loads. Heavy emphasis was placed on referencing applicable building codes and regulations pertaining to the subjects of progrusive collapse and abnormal loadings. This bibliography also contains numerous referenca to contemporary professional opinion as expressed in editorials and discussions of the subject and, particularly, on the various regulations proposed. A large number of proposed analysis and design procedures, as well as applicable test results, are referenced.
In addition to the general reference material, a careful search was made of the ten most recent years (1964-1973) of Engineering News Record to identify and annotate possible progressive collapse examples from building failurus reported by
that publication. 117. KEY WORDS (six to twelve entries; alphabetical order; capitalize only the first letter of the first key word unless • proper
name; separated by semicolons) Abnormal loading; alternate path; annotated bibliography; bibliography; building code; building regulations; collapse; failurer; progressive collapse; specific rustetence