Fires Deemed to Have Tested Structural Performance

by Paul R. De Cicco, (F.ASCE), Polytechnic Univ, Plainview, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structures Congress XII

Abstract:

This paper provides an overview and progress report of a survey and study of fire incidents deemed to have tested the structural performance of large buildings. This ongoing effort was initiated by ASCE's committee on Fire Performance of Structures and is continuing under the Committee on Fire Protection. The study was motivated in part by a number of serious and 'near-miss' fire incidents over the past four decades which have raised questions about how safe our large buildings are from foreseeable fires. Methodology for selection and examination of structure-threatening, high-loss fires to be described and a number of severe fires and their effects on large structures designed under modern building codes are outlined. Influences on fire performance of architectural, structural and building systems design practices, the construction process, limitations of fire services and building operation and maintenance functions are discussed.



Subject Headings: Fires | Fire resistance | Building systems | Structural design | Building codes | Structural systems | Surveys (non-geomatic) | Motivation

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