Landmark structural study has 9/11 conspiracy theorists buzzing


Eighteen years ago, the American people suffered the most horrific attack on their homeland in its history.

As airplanes smashed into strategic and symbolic structures along the east coast, we were left bewildered.  Soon, three of these buildings were reduced to rubble:  World Trade Center 1 and 2, the twin towers, and also World Trade Center 7.

It is the collapse of the latter that has baffled some online conspiracy theorists for nearly two decades.

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The symmetry and speed of the collapse is what befuddles the tin-foil-hatted masses.  Mind you, WTC7 was not hit by a plane, but by debris from the collapse of the twin towers some seven hours earlier.  The cause of the collapse, according to the official 9/11 government study, was due to a fire on the lower floors that occurred after the building took damage.

A newly released report from Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth has now muddied the conversation regarding this unique event.

The objective of the study was threefold: (1) Examine the structural response of WTC 7 to fire loads that may have occurred on September 11, 2001; (2) Rule out scenarios that could not have caused the observed collapse; and (3) Identify types of failures and their locations that may have caused the total collapse to occur as observed.

The UAF research team utilized three approaches for examining the structural response of WTC 7 to the conditions that may have occurred on September 11, 2001. First, we simulated the local structural response to fire loading that may have occurred below Floor 13, where most of the fires in WTC 7 are reported to have occurred. Second, we supplemented our own simulation by examining the collapse initiation hypothesis developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Third, we simulated a number of scenarios within the overall structural system in order to determine what types of local failures and their locations may have caused the total collapse to occur as observed.

The piece that has piqued the interest of conspiracy theorists, however, is this:

The principal conclusion of our study is that fire did not cause the collapse of WTC 7 on 9/11, contrary to the conclusions of NIST and private engineering firms that studied the collapse. The secondary conclusion of our study is that the collapse of WTC 7 was a global failure involving the near-simultaneous failure of every column in the building.

Much like the JFK assassination some decades before, it seems as though September 11th conspiracy theories are here to stay.

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