Structural response of unprotected floor assemblies in realistic residential fire scenarios

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ConferenceSIF'10, Michigan State University: 02 June 2010, East Lansing, MI, USA
Pages935942; # of pages: 8
AbstractThis paper presents the results of a full-scale experimental program undertaken to study the impact of basement fire scenarios on the structural integrity of unprotected floor assemblies. The experiments utilized fast-growing fires to challenge the structural integrity of the unprotected floor system above the basement, which may provide an egress route for occupants. A range of floor assemblies were used in the experiments. The results show that the type of joist used and the ventilation conditions have the most impact on the time to structural failure of the floor assemblies. The results also helped in establishing the sequence of fire events and their impact on the ability of occupants to escape during a fire.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number52709
NPARC number20374512
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