Any academic study is very much welcomed when it is not precluded by a feasibility study that relates to financial exposures and actual applicability.
There are a few realities that should be considered:
- No design for vertical loads only exists, or if it does it is purely scholastic.
- Even in the academic world, when a laboratory test for vertical loads is performed, the eccentricity will exist and moments applied.
- In the real world, columns loaded only with vertical forces simply do not exist.
The University of Miami's academic efforts are to be lauded, but do leave room for discussion of applicability. Where are they going with this?