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Infrared thermographic surveying of building debris: Tomsk High Military School of Communication Engineering catastrophe case study
Author(s): Vladimir P. Vavilov
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Paper Abstract

IR thermography was used in surveying dormitory debris of Tomsk High Military School of Communication Engineering in Siberia that collapsed on July 17, 1997, with 12 students dead. In total, the debris had the ambient temperature but plentiful joints between vertical brick-made columns and horizontal concrete beams were detected to be abnormally warm. The reasons for this temperature elevation are discussed. The arguments pro and contra possibility to identify temperature patterns as abnormal mechanical stresses are considered.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 March 1998
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 3361, Thermosense XX, (26 March 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.304725
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Vladimir P. Vavilov, Tomsk Polytechnic Univ. (Russia)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3361:
Thermosense XX
John R. Snell Jr.; Richard Norman Wurzbach, Editor(s)

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