Integrating fire resistance into infrastructure projects

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ConferenceISIS International Workshop on Innovative Bridge Deck Technologies: 14 April 2005, Winnipeg, MB.
Pages139; # of pages: 39
Subjectfire resistance, fire and infrastructure, high-performing materials, fire design; Bridges; Performance of:; Fibre-reinforced polymers (FRP)
AbstractFire represents one of the most severe environmental conditions to which structures may be subjected and hence, the provision of appropriate fire safety measures for structural members is an important aspect of design. While the fire resistance provisions are one of the major requirements in buildings, the need for extending such provisions to infrastructure is being debated after some of the recent fire incidents in tunnels and bridges. Also, the wider use of high-performing materials (HPM), such as high-strength concrete (HSC) and fibre-reinforced polymers (FRP) in infrastructure applications, has brought fire issues t the forefront of this debate. In the paper, the different fire scenarios associated with infrastructure projects will be explained. The complexities associated with the fire resistance performance of HPM, mainly HSC and FRP, will be outlined. An approach will be suggested to integrate fire safety into overall structural design. Through case studies, it will be illustrated that cost-effective design can be achieved by integrating fire resistance into the overall design.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedYes
NRC number47657
NPARC number20377047
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