WTC1 Blueprints and Collapse Simulations

I haven't heard of anybody using the wtc1 blueprints to create collapse scenarios and hopefully animated videos of these scenarios. I guess it would require large amounts of computing power, but haven't there been some super-computer workshops of typical users linking PCs in a big room to create a powerful supercomputer?

from Digg: "Heat weakens

from Digg:

"Heat weakens steel"
Actually the heating and cooling of steel is what is done to HARDEN steel. Since the temperature wasn't hot enough to melt the steel, and the steel was in fact cooling, (evidence of people standing in the opening of the building) the steel actually should have been made stronger. It would have exhibited a higher yield strength. There is no way that a collapse would have caused the steel to be "pulverized" into dust. The only mechanism that makes this happen is explosives. Oh by the way, I am a simulation engineer using Finite Element Analysis and I study the effects of steel under varying conditions daily. I don't wear a tinfoil hat and drink kool-Aid. I suspect that because the building schematics have finally been made public, there is probably a computer simulation model being worked on as we speak. It may take a few weeks, but I am sure if in fact they are running a simulation, the findings will show that fire will not cause the FEA model to explode into dust. I am equally sure the "pancake" theory WILL be pulverized.

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Collapse simulations

of a building as complex as the WTC towers would require far more computing power than anything you could cobble together with a PC cluster. NIST goes into some detail about how they were required to drastically simplify their model in order to run the simulations.

I've built a model in Maya, primarily for rendering out visuals from, and it maps the blueprint image for each floor of the tower onto horizontally- stacked planes. Looks pretty cool, i should have the animations done in a few weeks... it matches up pretty well with the conventional models of the collapses that I had already built.

On a side note, here's a much better version of the blueprints to use if you want to create anything similar: (each file is labeled, and the formatting of the images has been improved).

No offense

But for someone who knows how to do these things.... this should actually be one of the easiest buildings to model.

Once you model one floor.... you should be able to pretty much copy that same floor all the way up with very few modifications.

Should almost even be able to model the taper in the thickness of the steel in the columns.

Modeling the collapse is a different story.
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