Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Simulation of the 9/11 attack

Researchers at Perdue University have created one of the most realistic simulations of the 9/11 attacks. The simulations that we saw on TV of the disintegrating buildings were not realistic enough apparently. The new simulations took almost 80 hours of high performance computing to calculate and represent the best engineering understanding of what happened that day.

6 years after the fact, civil engineers are still trying to understand completely the collapse of the two towers and there are still unanswered questions. Understanding what happened will help structural engineers design buildings to withstand or survive catastrophic failures.

Whatever the reasons given, it's chilling to watch. While conspiracy theorists will always cling onto their silly ideas, this should make it clear to any reasonable person as to what led the two towers to fall.

You can see the full 122MB animation of the simulation here.

A shorter version (9MB) can be found here.

The full press release can be found here.

1 comment:

Neil said...

Uhhh, but, Rajeev... fire can't melt steel, man... Rosie O'Donnell said so, and, like she's an expert... the blacksmiths and the Jews are in on the conspiracy, and...