The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 46 (1968) > Issues > Issue 1 > Fire and the Protection of Structures
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Fire and the Protection of Structures

The increasing emphasis in building by-laws and regulations during the last two decades on the protection of structures against fire has obliged structural engineers to become at least acquainted with some general properties of materials of construction at high temperatures in order to comply with the minimum legal requirements. In the belief that a knowledge of the aims and methods of protecting structures is of value in design, while making Codes more intelligible, this paper has been prepared as a fairly detailed review of the subject. Most attention is given to fire resistance as measured by laboratory tests, the factors affecting this property of structures, and the data derived from tests for many forms of construction. The extent to which an analytical approach is feasible in solving fire resistance problems is examined. Although it is strictly outside the province of the structural engineer the importance of fire grading-assigning to buildings the appropriate level of fire precautions-cannot be overlooked. The application to buildings of the results of research and testing for fire resistance is therefore discussed briefly. L.A. Ashton

Author(s): Ashton, L A

Keywords: fire protection;fire resistance;research