The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 96 (2018) > Issue 1 > Fire engineering and structural design – common misconceptions and good practice
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Fire engineering and structural design – common misconceptions and good practice

Fire protection and structural fire performance have long been seen as the role of fire engineering specialists and architects, but the move towards more performance-based design in both structural and fire engineering disciplines means that it is ever-more important to have a common understanding and collaborative approach to structural fire engineering (SFE).

This paper has been written as a collaboration between AECOM fire engineers and structural engineers, who together have formed a Structural Fire Engineering group in an effort to elevate the subject and improve our mutual understanding of structural performance in fire. The paper is not intended to be a comprehensive or detailed study into SFE, but will serve as a high-level introduction for practising structural engineers, providing a series of useful pointers to educate engineers about common misconceptions and good practice in structural fire design as a part of modern building design.

The information that follows is relevant to any structure, but largely refers to steel-framed examples, as these forms of structure tend to be more sensitive to fire performance and are therefore the most common focus for SFE in terms of both assessing and optimising the structural performance.

Author(s): H. Warren, O. Quinn, E. Byrne and J. Leach (all AECOM)