Synopsis of a Manual on Structural Fire Protection

by T. T. Lie, Natl Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, Canada,
E. L. Schaffer, Natl Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, Canada,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structures Congress XII


Structural Fire Protection : Manual of Practice was published in 1992 by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The Manual has two major parts. Part I (Chapters 1 to 3) introduces the subject matter to the building design practitioner who has no experience with fire other than in work with building codes. Chapters 1 to 3 discuss (a) aspects related to structural fire protection, including building codes and the role of structural fire protection; (b) development of fire in enclosures and effect of fire on the behavior of concrete, steel, and wood, including the properties of these materials at elevated temperatures; (c) methods to calculate the fire resistance of various structural members. Part 2 (Chapters 4 to 5) describes the technical basis of the material in Part 1 and covers the development of fire and the calculation of fire resistance using mathematical models. In addition to providing a basis for new standards, it is hoped that the Manual will be useful to architects, engineers, building officials, and students concerned with structural fire safety.

Subject Headings: Fire resistance | Building design | Structural behavior | Structural safety | Material properties | Building codes | Protective structures

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