Provision of fire resistance - evolution of design approaches

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ConferenceProceedings of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering Centennial Conference Proceedings : La Société Canadienne de génie civil conférence centenaire compte rendus: 19 May 1987, Montreal, Que. Canada
Pages319; # of pages: 17
Subjectfire resistance; engineering design; numerical calculation; computers; Performance of:
AbstractThe idea of making a building "fireproof" evolved late in the 19th century in an effort to cut down escalating property losses. The concepts of compartmentalization and structural fire protection now play important roles in the building codes' approach towards the provision of a minimum level of life safety in buildings. On the other hand, property protection against fire no longer appears to be an objective pursued by designers who instead rely on listings of tested assemblies to satisfy the minimum requirements of building codes. Notwithstanding the emergence of new calculation procedures for assessing the fire resistance of building elements and assemblies, their use as an alternative to more conventional design approaches remains rare. It is suggested that formal training in this area and the development of user-friendly, PC-driven software would encourage the use of more scientifically-based methods and possibly lead to more cost-effective designs.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number28877
NPARC number20358575
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