Mech 353           TECH  NOTES         Solid Mechanics
 
 
 
Perform Failure Analysis
On July 17, 1981 a dance party at the Kansas City Hyatt Regency Hotel turned into a tragedy when a fourth-floor overhead walkway packed with revelers collapsed and fell onto a second-floor walkway full of people causing both to fall onto the main floor of party-goers. The third floor walkway shown in the picture was offset from the others and avoided a similar fate. In all, 114 people died, and over 200 more were injured. Investigators using knowledge of solid mechanics analyzed the structural failure and traced the cause to overloaded walkway hangers. Such knowledge can be used to prevent similar accidents in the future.
 
 
 To learn more about the Hyatt Regency walkway collapse visit
 http://www4.ncsu.edu/unity/users/j/jherkert/hyatt.html