The object of this paper is to place on record the methods used and the results obtained in an investigation to determine the behavior of articulated structures during distortion due to subsidence. The buildings were specially designed to tolerate a definite amount of subsidence without distress and the measurements have beem made to establish whether the movements occurring in practice agree with the theoretical assumptions. The essential functional requirements of the design are that the movements should not cause any leakage in the roof or any loss of weather resistance in the cladding and that the windows should not burst. Since the methods are now being widely used it is important to ensure that the design is adequate and yet that there is no appreciable lack of economy due to overdesign. The paper opens with an explanation of the subsidence features of the design followed by a description of the measuring program on a three-storey block selected from a number of buildings which have been investigated. Some special equipment is then described, followed by results obtained on the foundation, on the roof, and at a subsidence joint. Finally, there is a general commentary with suggestions for further work.

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  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 347-368
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 30

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  • Accession Number: 00263381
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Paper No. 6835
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 13 1974 12:00AM