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Structural Failure of Buildings: Issues and Challenges

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This paper discusses a list of information and issues that causes of structural failure of buildings. Structural failure begins to occur when the material is stressed to its upper strength limit causing to rupture or extreme deformations. The ultimate strength of the material or the system is the limit of the load bearing capacity. On reaching this limit, the construction materials could already been damaged, and their load carrying capacity is suddenly decreased permanently. If the system is properly designed, a local collapse should normally not be a cause of instant or gradual failure of the complete building. The ultimate failure strength of the construction elements should be carefully considered in the design of structures to prevent failure.
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  • College of Architecture, Qassim University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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