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NIST WTC 7 Investigation Finds Building Fires Caused Collapse

23 August 2008 | Permalink | comments: 0

Categories: [ 9/11 Truth Movement ]

http://www.nist.gov/public_affairs/releases/wtc082108.html

Report and Recommendations for Improving Building Safety Released for Comment
August 21, 2008 | Related Documents 

Shyam Sunder, NIST lead investigator

GAITHERSBURG, Md.—The fall of the 47-story World Trade Center building 7 (WTC 7) in New York City late in the afternoon of Sept. 11, 2001, was primarily due to fires, the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today following an extensive, three-year scientific and technical building and fire safety investigation. This was the first known instance of fire causing the total collapse of a tall building, the agency stated as it released for public comment its WTC investigation report and 13 recommendations for improving building and fire safety.

“Our study found that the fires in WTC 7, which were uncontrolled but otherwise similar to fires experienced in other tall buildings, caused an extraordinary event,” said NIST WTC Lead Investigator Shyam Sunder. “Heating of floor beams and girders caused a critical support column to fail, initiating a fire-induced progressive collapse that brought the building down.”

“Video and photographic evidence combined with detailed computer simulations show that neither explosives nor fuel oil fires played a role in the collapse of WTC 7,” Sunder said. The NIST investigation team also determined that other elements of the building’s construction—namely trusses, girders and cantilever overhangs that were used to transfer loads from the building superstructure to the columns of the electric substation (over which WTC 7 was constructed) and foundation below—did not play a significant role in the collapse.

According to the report, a key factor leading to the eventual collapse of WTC 7 was thermal expansion of long-span floor systems at temperatures “hundreds of degrees below those typically considered in current practice for fire resistance ratings." WTC 7 used a structural system design in widespread use.

Video -The collapse of World Trade Center 7

Citing its one new recommendation (the other 12 are reiterated from the previously completed investigation of the World Trade Center towers, WTC 1 and 2), the NIST investigation team said that “while the partial or total collapse of a tall building due to fires is a rare event, we strongly urge building owners, operators and designers to evaluate buildings to ensure the adequate fire performance of the structural system. Of particular concern are the effects of thermal expansion in buildings with one or more of the following features: long-span floor systems, connections not designed for thermal effects, asymmetric floor framing and/or composite floor systems.” Engineers, the team said, should be able to design cost-effective fixes to address any areas of concern identified by such evaluations.

The investigators also reported that if the city water main had not been cut by the collapse of World Trade Center towers 1 and 2 (WTC 1 and WTC 2), operating sprinklers in WTC 7 would likely have prevented its collapse. “Nevertheless,” Sunder said, “we recommend that building standards and codes be strengthened beyond their current intent to achieve life safety by preventing structural collapse even during severe fires like this one, when sprinklers do not function, do not exist or are overwhelmed by fire.”

Sunder identified several existing, emerging or even anticipated capabilities that could have helped prevent WTC 7’s collapse. He cautioned that the degree to which these capabilities improve performance remains to be evaluated. Possible options for developing cost-effective fixes include:

  • More robust connections and framing systems to better resist effects of thermal expansion on the structural system.
     
    Structural systems expressly designed to prevent progressive collapse, which is the spread of local damage from a single initiating event, from element to element, eventually resulting in the collapse of an entire structure or a disproportionately large part of it. Current model building codes do not require that buildings be designed to resist progressive collapse.
  • Better thermal insulation (i.e., reduced conductivity and/or increased thickness) to limit heating of structural steel and to minimize both thermal expansion and weakening effects. Insulation has been used to protect steel strength, but it could be used to maintain a lower temperature in the steel framing to limit thermal expansion.
  • Improved compartmentation in tenant areas to limit the spread of fires.
  • Thermally resistant window assemblies to limit breakage, reduce air supply and retard fire growth.

 

The 12 recommendations reiterated from the WTC towers investigation address several areas, including specific improvements to building standards, codes and practices; changes to, or the establishment of, evacuation and emergency response procedures; and research and other appropriate actions needed to help prevent future building failures.

Determining the probable collapse sequence for WTC 7, NIST found that the impact of debris from the collapse of WTC 1 ignited fires on at least 10 floors of WTC 7, and the fires burned out of control on six lower floors. The heat from these uncontrolled fires caused thermal expansion of the steel beams on the lower floors of the east side of WTC 7, damaging the floor framing on multiple floors. Eventually, a girder on Floor 13 lost its connection to a critical interior column that provided support for the long floor spans on the east side of the building. The displaced girder and other local fire-induced damage caused Floor 13 to collapse, beginning a cascade of floor failures down to the fifth floor. Many of these floors had already been at least partially weakened by the fires in the vicinity of the critical column. This collapse of floors left the critical column unsupported over nine stories.

“When this critical column buckled due to lack of floor supports, it was the first domino in the chain,” Sunder explained. “What followed in rapid succession was a progression of structural failures. Failure first occurred all the way to the roof line—involving all three interior columns on the most eastern side of the building. Then, progressing from east to west across WTC 7, all of the columns in the core of the building failed. Finally, the entire façade collapsed.”

drawing showing locations of columns of typical WTC 7 floor

Diagram 1—Typical WTC 7 floor showing locations of columns (numbered). The buckling of Column 79 was the initiating event that led to the collapse of WTC 7. The buckling resulted from fire-induced damage to floors around Column 79, failure of the girder between Columns 44 and 79, and cascading floor failures. [Download high-res version]

The investigation team considered the possibility of other factors playing a role in the collapse of WTC 7, including the possible use of explosives, fires fed by the fuel supply tanks in and under the building, and damage from the falling debris of WTC 1.

The team said that the smallest blast event capable of crippling the critical column would have produced a “sound level of 130 to 140 decibels at a distance of half a mile,” yet no noise this loud was reported by witnesses or recorded on videos.

As for fuel fires, the team found that they could not have been sustained long enough, could not have generated sufficient heat to fail a critical column, and/or would have produced “large amounts of visible smoke” from Floors 5 and 6, which was not observed.

Finally, the report notes that “while debris impact from the collapse of WTC 1 initiated fires in WTC 7, the resulting structural damage had little effect in causing the collapse of WTC 7.”

The investigation team found that the design of WTC 7 was generally consistent with the New York City building code in effect at the time. The estimated 4,000 occupants of WTC 7 on the morning of Sept. 11 were evacuated without any fatalities or serious injuries.

To reach the conclusions in its report, NIST complemented its in-house expertise with private-sector technical experts; accumulated an extensive collection of documents, photographs and videos related to the WTC events of 9/11; conducted first-person interviews of WTC 7 occupants and emergency responders; analyzed the evacuation and emergency response operations in and around WTC 7; and performed the most complex computer simulations ever conducted to model a building’s response behavior and determine its collapse sequence due to a combination of debris impact damage, fires and a progression of structural failures from local fire-induced damage to collapse initiation, and, ultimately, to global collapse.

NIST welcomes comments on the draft report and recommendations—available online at http://wtc.nist.gov—received by noon Eastern Daylight Time on Sept.15, 2008. Comments (instructions for submission are available at http://wtc.nist.gov) may be submitted via:

    * e-mail to wtc@nist.gov;
    * fax to (301) 869-6275; or
    * surface mail to WTC Technical Information Repository, Attn: Stephen Cauffman, NIST, 100 Bureau Dr., Stop 8611, Gaithersburg, Md. 20899-8610.

The NIST investigation of WTC 7 was conducted under the National Construction Safety Team (NCST) Act, as part of its overall building and fire safety investigation of the World Trade Center disaster. The act gives NIST the responsibility for conducting fact-finding investigations of building failures that resulted in substantial loss of life or that posed significant potential of substantial loss of life. NIST has no regulatory authority under the NCST Act.

As an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, NIST promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.

NIST to Release Report and Recommendations from Investigation of World Trade Center Building 7

20 August 2008 | Permalink | comments: 0

Categories: [ 9/11 Truth Movement ]

Agency Will Hold Public Webcast on August 21
http://www.nist.gov/public_affairs/calmed/wtc_081808.html

NIST - National Institute of Standards and Technology

Gaithersburg, Md. -- The Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will hold a media briefing and live public webcast on Aug. 21, 2008, in Gaithersburg, Md., on the findings and recommendations from its building and fire safety investigation of the collapse of World Trade Center Building 7 (WTC 7). WTC 7 was a 47-story building that fell nearly seven hours after the World Trade Center (WTC) towers collapsed following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The NIST WTC 7 report will present the probable collapse sequence for the building and will provide recommendations for improving building and fire safety in other buildings similar to WTC 7. The draft WTC 7 investigation report released at the briefing will be open for public comment through noon Eastern Daylight Time on Sept. 15, 2008.

Shyam Sunder, director of the NIST Building and Fire Research Laboratory and lead investigator for the federal building and fire safety investigation of the World Trade Center disaster, will present the report and answer questions from reporters at the briefing. The public will be able to view the briefing through a live webcast that will be accessible from NIST's WTC Web site at http://wtc.nist.gov

What: A media briefing and public webcast on the findings and recommendations of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) report on the collapse of World Trade Center Building 7 (WTC 7).
When: Thursday, Aug. 21, 2008 11 a.m. - Noon Eastern Daylight Time
Web Info : The WTC investigation Web site at http://wtc.nist.gov will contain links to the webcast as well as accompanying materials such as the full report, news release, and accompanying visuals at the time of the briefing.
Reporters: Credentialed journalists who wish to register for the media briefing should contact Ben Stein, (301) 975-3097, ben.stein@nist.gov

Video: Sydney Truth Action - 11 August 2008

19 August 2008 | Permalink | comments: 0

Categories: [ 9/11 Truth Movement ]

11th August - a bright, crisp winter's day in Sydney.

As always the encounter with passers by was interesting, informative and very worthwhile.

For information about public events planned for September 2008, please visit this page: http://www.911oz.com/weblogid/168

Enjoy!

www.youtube.com/watch?v=sczZLSybs_s

Four Principles of Disinformation

16 August 2008 | Permalink | comments: 0

Categories: [ 9/11 Truth Movement ]

After several years reading and studying, I have come to the realisation that there are some key principles to the art of disinformation, and that these principles need to be understood in order to ultimately defeat it.

1. Disinfo is a weapon
This is often the hardest principle to grasp and it is also the most important. Disinfo is, and always has been, a tactic used in war. When it is used in "apparent peacetime" it is still a weapon of war, for war encompasses far more than just bullets and bombs. Disinformation is indeed one of the most important tools in the military arsenal.

2. Disinfo is aimed at a designated enemy
This principle follows naturally from the first. Disinfo is rarely omni-directional or generic - in order to work at all it must have a vector. As with conventional weapons, this vector is in the direction of the group/individual designated as enemy. When directed at an individual, disinformation is often used as part of a scam - think of the Nigerian chain letter or those emails telling you that you have won the lottery.

In the case of the internet scam the goal is to rob the enemy/victim, but the basic tactic is more or less the same when conning a citizen into supporting a war based on a false flag terrorist attack, only in this case the concept of "enemy" must be expanded to include both the citizen and the perceived external enemy.

3. Disinfo succeeds by disguise.

Since disinfo is rooted in deception, it must be disguised as something other than disinfo in order to fulfill its function. Conversely, once disinfo is exposed it no longer "works" to the same degree. An example of this might be the disinfo claim that "no plane" hit the WTC on September 11.

This claim works as disinfo only to the extent that most people believe that the view is genuinely believed by those who promote it. If, by contrast, it could be proven that the "no plane" theory was concocted in by the CIA in Langley Virginia, then it would lose its effectiveness. Perhaps surprisingly, the observation that the "WTC no plane" theory is flawed does not neutralise it as disinfo, since it is quite common for people to believe things in good faith which turn out to be false. In order for the disinfo to be fully neutralised it must be exposed as a deliberate reverse propaganda operation orchestrated for the purpose of weakening a designated enemy.

4. Disinfo sews division and confusion in the enemy
As a weapon, effective disinfo has the combined effect of creating/exacerbating division and confusion in the enemy. This, of course, weakens the enemy, which is the military objective. As an example of how disinfo weakens and divides, let us return again to the "no plane hit the WTC" proposition. To start with, this proposition potentially has the effect of creating a schism within the 9/11 movement. It also has the effect of creating confusion or the perception of confusion when mixed up with the quite distinct proposition that "no plane hit the Pentagon".

The latter proposition, although controversial, is not (in the writer's opinion) to be discarded, for the simple reason that the authorites have refused to release the video which would prove their case. But, the "no plane hit the WTC" proposition unfortunately gets conflated with the "no plane hit the Pentagon" proposition, creating a fog of confusion which may lead the uneducated outsider to conclude that all alternative theories are crazy. This of course achieves the goal of weakening the enemy (ie. the people's movement seeking truth about 9/11).

I hope you found this exposition of four principles of disinformation helpful.

Hitler, the big lie and 9/11

14 August 2008 | Permalink | comments: 0

Categories: [ 9/11 Truth Movement ]

"... in the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie..."

(Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, p.134)

The above quote explains many things about why the official 9/11 conspiracy theory is not investigated or questioned even by those who in other situations would sieze on any opportunity to attack the status quo.

Perhaps Hitler was merely describing how cognitive dissonance coupled with extreme violence works in the favour of power elites.

Possibly this stategy of violence + deceit exploits a deep instinctive mechanism which humans have evolved in order to preserve group cohesion: when your tribe is attacked you rally around your leader - for good or ill.

An interview with Glen Clancy (Fool Me Twice)

08 August 2008 | Permalink | comments: 0

Categories: [ 9/11 Truth Movement ]

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On 1st August Truth News Radio Australia interviewed Glen Clancy, creator of the film Fool Me Twice, which explores evidence that the 2002 Bali Bombings were orchestrated by intelligence operatives, while the governments of Australia and Indonesia looked the other way.

During the interview we get into an interesting discussion of the physics of the explosions which devastated a large area of Kuta Beach, and the coverup of vital information such as the alteration of flight log data at Bali's International airport.

We also examine the Howard Government's willful deceptions in regard to the East Timorese independence campaign which led to many deaths, culminating in the Australian led military intervention (INTERFET) in 1999.

Glen currently lives and works in Japan, but he is planning to return to Australia soon. We look forward to his next project.

Fool Me Twice is a must see film, and you can watch the whole production for free on Google Video.

The Way of the World - Fabricating A Case For War

06 August 2008 | Permalink | comments: 0

Categories: [ 9/11 Truth Movement ]

Yet another glaring example of how criminal deception lies at the heart of the current status quo. This deception was not unique the United States. It was and is still at the heart of Australian foreign policy in relation to Iraq and Afghanistan.

The basic premise of this website is given further support each time a new whistle blower steps forth from the shadows with another expose of government high crimes and misdemeanors.

We await the final act.

From NPR: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=93293353

Ron Suskind - The Way of the World

Morning Edition, August 5, 2008 ·In his new book, The Way of the World: A Story of Truth And Hope In An Age of Extremism, author Ron Suskind alleges that the Bush administration knew Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction, and eventually fabricated intelligence assets to support its case for war. Both the White House and the CIA deny his claims. Steve Inskeep talks with Suskind about the book.

TNRA 1 August 2008

August 1, 2008, part 1 of 1.
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06 August 2008 | Permalink | comments: 4

On tonight's show we lead with the proposed impeachment of George W. Bush - led by Congressman Dennis Kucinich of Ohio. We play an excerpt from Rep. Kucinich's speech to the house - then we get into a discussion of politics and music with our special studio guest, Simon.



In the second half of the show we speak to the film maker Glen Clancy - creator of "Fool Me Twice", a film which explores evidence that the 2002 Bali Bombings were not indeed the act of fanatical Islamists, but rather orchestrated by intelligence operatives, while the governments of Australia and Indonesia looked the other way.

Fool Me Twice is a must see film - and you can watch the whole thing for free on Google video:



http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4135706276167925924

We are very grateful for Glen's time coming on the show.

To our audience: thanks for listening - & see you again real soon!

Hereward & Josh

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Skywatcher,

I don’t think we should start talking about qualifications. Otherwise the same doubt can be voiced about chemtrail promoters who obviously have no knowledge about atmospheric processes and meteorology.

Now, would you please point out just one “unqualified opinon”, preferably on the topic of the article?

And then let’s discuss the facts behind that opinion, with references to solid evidence, papers and studies.

BTW, if you believe your own eyes more than common knowledge, you should be convinced that the earth is flat.

By Josh on 2012 08 02 - 20:25:14
From the entry 'Contrails dissipate quickly whereas chemtrails linger?'.

josh..mike glynn.. et al; youre not qualified to ease the concerns of a large percentage of the population that want answers for what they see with their own eyes that causes them concern.

nor is hereward, or anyone else.

as with the events of 911, the only suitable solution is an independent transparent unfettered investigation, where all evidence is presented, and expert testimony from both sides can be heard under oath and cross examination, until a verdict can be reached beyond all reasonable doubt.

your unqualified opinions, and articles like this, do nothing but contribute more hot air, and like the defenders of the 911 myth.. you have to ask why people are so determined to win arguments on internet forums on topics they dont believe in..

do you also go around denouncing leprechauns.. or unicorns?

if not, why not? do you believe that they might be real?

hereward still is yet to “moderate” a post i made last week.. not surprising because he has proven himself to be less than genuine in the past..

By Skywatcher on 2012 08 02 - 20:09:41
From the entry 'Contrails dissipate quickly whereas chemtrails linger?'.

You have not answered some questions I have asked you, either, Mike Glynn. Questions that are more relevant to political decisions that are being made without ever being opened to coherent and comprehensible public discussion.

What happens is that one half-truth is fed to one half of the political spectrum and the other half-truth is fed to the other half of the political spectrum.

Then people engage in endless repetitive wrangling as at this forum, with arrogant chemtrails debunkers absolutely sure that they are wiser than everyone else.

If aircraft emissions contribute to global warming, why are they proposed by geoengineers as a medium for mitigating global warming?

The problem is touched on obliquely, and in Aesopian language in this paper (doubtless one of many such):
http://www.foe.co.uk/resource/reports/aviation_tyndall_research.pdf

Growth Scenarios for EU & UK Aviation:
contradictions with climate policy

Find out yourself why you are not dead, Mike Glynn. It is not because aerosol spraying programmes are not being conducted almost everywhere, for geoengineering and/or other undisclosed purposes.

By Wayne Hall on 2012 08 02 - 17:01:24
From the entry 'Contrails dissipate quickly whereas chemtrails linger?'.

Noobs, holding patterns can be hundreds of miles from airports. Wayne, you don’t do rhetorical questions very well do you? The reason I am in good health is because there isn’t any chemicals in the air apart from what nature put there. Did you see me try to avoid those clouds at all? If I thought for a second they were laden with chemicals I would have avoided flying through them. The only clouds I am at pains to avoid are thunderstorms… For obvious reasons. The rest we just plow straight through, as you saw.
I don’t get you guys. I give you bona fide evidence that you fears and suspicions are unfounded, yet you seem to want to have this conspiracy theory confirmed… Confirmation bias writ large. There are no chemtrails. If they were there I should be dead by now. You saw me flying blithely through clouds identified by activists over and over as Chemclouds…. Yet nothing happened. How much proof do you need to real use you have been duped?

By Mike Glynn on 2012 08 02 - 16:03:38
From the entry 'Contrails dissipate quickly whereas chemtrails linger?'.

So we are reverting to the contrails vs chemtrails dialogue of the deaf, which is the discussion the architects of geoengineering wanted us to continue having, and to have forever.

Mike Glynn, given that nobody seems to be able to answer the question you asked, or if able to answer to be interested in joining this particular discussion, surely you are the one who should start making enquiries to find out the reasons for the alleged lack of symptoms in yourself and among your passengers. All that I know, for we are not talking about my life experience or my professional working space, is that the reason is not because of the non-existence of unexplained (probably because illegal) aerosol spraying from aircraft.

By Wayne Hall on 2012 08 02 - 13:22:36
From the entry 'Contrails dissipate quickly whereas chemtrails linger?'.

Holding patterns are for planes waiting to land, where I witnessed that particular event was nowhere (and I mean hundreds of KM away from)near any airport.  If it was a plane in a holding pattern then why haven’t I seen more planes in the same holding pattern before or since?  Why is it that the one plane in a ‘holding pattern’ just happened to be spraying trails?

The trails formed by the prop blade tips aren’t contrails but vortices. They stem from a lowered dewpoint due to lower pressure and disappear as soon as the pressure returns to normal.

I’ve seen contrails and I’ve seen chemtrails, I know the difference and I’ve heard all the apologists arguments and they simply aren’t sufficient to explain the evidence.

By Noobs on 2012 08 02 - 12:44:48
From the entry 'Contrails dissipate quickly whereas chemtrails linger?'.

Contrails are formed by any engine that creates water as part of the combustion process, reciprocating engines included. I don’t where some of you get all this bad information.
Clouds, by definition, exist in supersaturated air so is it any wonder that aircraft can begin to contrail when approaching a cloud? That’s basic science. The circles are holding patterns BTW.

By Mike Glynn on 2012 08 02 - 12:25:12
From the entry 'Contrails dissipate quickly whereas chemtrails linger?'.

The first photo proves nothing as it is from ‘British Bombers in 1944’.  Those planes were probably Lancansters or something like it which were prop powered planes and not jet powered planes.  Contrails (legitimate ones) are formed by JET engines.  The trials in the photo were probably some kind of exhaust smoke lingering on a still day.

A diatribe on ‘how contrails form’ is also kind of pointless as it doesn’t explain the frequency and patterns of chemtrails hundreds of kilometres away from commercial airspace.  I’ve personally witnesses one of these commercial like jets doing loops back and forth behind large cloud banks where the chemtrail stops as the plane emerges, turns around the starts again as it goes behind the cloud bank again. Sorry, I’ve seen too much to doubt the existence of chemtrails anymore.

By Noobs on 2012 08 02 - 08:19:12
From the entry 'Contrails dissipate quickly whereas chemtrails linger?'.

Great article

By Anton on 2012 08 01 - 17:12:16
From the entry '‘Batman’ Gun Grab: The Port Arthur Massacre Parallels'.

http://youtu.be/EB5WiCZHXws 

This is one I shot. I am clearly flying for extended periods in “Chemclouds” here… yet inexplicably.. I survive….

Comments please.

By Mike Glynn on 2012 08 01 - 15:29:51
From the entry 'Contrails dissipate quickly whereas chemtrails linger?'.

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