Engineering Structures Tallest Buildings and Gustave Eiffel
Tallest Structure • KVLY-TV Mast (Fargo, ND) • 629[m] or 2,063[ft]
Tallest Structure Debate • The current tallest structures do not support their own weight. • What about teathered balloons or aerostats? • How should we define the tallest structure?
CTBUH Tallest Building Categories • Height to the structural or architectural top (including spires and pinnacles, but not antennas, masts or flagpoles) • Height to the highest occupied floor • Height to the top of the roof • Height to the top of antenna
Petronius Platform • Deepwater oil platform operated by Chevron in the Gulf of Mexico. • 610[m] or 2,001[ft] • The tower can deflect nearly 2% of its height whereas normal buildings are kept to .5% • .02 x 2,001 = 40.02[ft]!
The Eiffel Tower • Constructed for the centinneal celebration of the French Revolution. • 324[m] or 1063[ft]
Construction • No clear mathematical explanation for its unique and peculiar construction. • Was built “on-the-fly” in 29 sections.