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The Truss Failure Theory According to FEMA

FEMA's BPAT gave the truss failure theory the official stamp of legitimacy in their report.

They substitute service core for core structure to help the reader think the buildings were flimsy:

The service core in WTC 1 was oriented east to west, and the service core in WTC 2 was oriented north to south.

They say the perimeter and core columns would self-destruct if the floor diaphragms collapsed:

As the floors collapsed, this left tall freestanding portions of the exterior wall and possibly central core columns. As the unsupported height of these freestanding exterior wall elements increased, they buckled at the bolted column splice connections, and also collapsed.

The columns were not freestanding:

  • The perimeter columns were grids with horizontal spandrel plates linking the columns.
  • The core structures were lattices, densely cross-braced.

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