Friday, August 22, 2008
NIST - Just Makin' Shit Up...
Says Dr. Shyam Sunder, who directed NIST's team of researchers in the investigation: "Fire triggered a "new phenomenon" -- thermal expansion of structural steel, which caused a cascade of collapsing floors, ultimately bringing the building down symmetrically, into its own footprint."
"This is the first time that we're aware of, that a building over 15 stories tall has collapsed primarily due to fire," said Dr. Sunder during Thursday's NIST press conference. Had the city's water mane not been cut, and WTC 7's sprinkler systems been active, the building may still stand, he said.