CROSS-UK Newsletter 63 has been published and includes expert comment on fire and structural safety reports.
This report concerns potential shear failures in flat slabs. This originates from inconsistent design and detailing of the shear reinforcement where a proprietary shear link system is assumed in the design but not followed in detailing.
Retrospective fitting of various amenities including TV aerials, broadband, and satellite connections, may result in new access points being made in walls, ceilings, or through floors. These openings need to be made good using a method that provides the required fire safety properties for that specific situation, including integrity, insulation, and resistance to smoke spread.
A reporter is concerned that there is a lack of understanding regarding system testing and associated procedures, the purpose of fire assessments, and the role of materials that contribute to the structure’s fire protection.
A 5,000 ton capacity storage silo containing ground granulated blast-furnace slag (ggbs) split apart suddenly and without warning onsite at a concrete production facility.
A reporter raises concerns over the lack of structural engineering knowledge and dangerous assumptions, that they have seen, in assessments for the installation of photovoltaic (PV) panels for a number of buildings.
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