Effects of Elevated Temperature on Structural Members

by Tasnim Uddin, (A.M.ASCE), Struct. Engr.; Coral Gables, Fla.,
Charles G. Culver, (M.ASCE), Disaster Research Program Coordinator; Center for Building Tech., National Bureau of Standards, Washington, D.C.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1975, Vol. 101, Issue 7, Pg. 1531-1549

Document Type: Journal Paper


The important factors which influence the behavior and strength of structural members, both steel and concrete, at elevated temperatures are examined. The characteristics of fires, the variables that influence the temperature magnitude and distribution in a fire, standard fire test methods for structural members, and material properties of steel and concrete at elevated temperature are reviewed. The study is limited to the published information available and no attempt has been made to evaluate current design principles or to establish a rational basis of design for the safe use of structural members for elevated temperature applications. The paper concludes with an extensive list of references dealing with various aspects of the problem.

Subject Headings: Fires | Temperature distribution | Temperature effects | Structural strength | Concrete structures | Steel structures | Structural steel | Structural safety

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