Safety factors for fire loads

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Journal titleCanadian Journal of Civil Engineering
Pages617628; # of pages: 12
Subjectfire loads; effects of fire; safety factors; fire resistance; fire protection; Fire; charge d'incendie; action du feu; coefficient de securite; resistance au feu; protection contre le feu
AbstractA mathematical model is described that enables the evaluation of the expected fire cost and life losses for buildings. Optimum safety factors for fire loads are derived by minimizing the fire cost expectation, subject to a constraint on expected life losses. A sensitivity study shows the important variables that determine the optimum fire load safety factor. Results are compared with code requirements and suggestions are made for improving fire resistance design from the point of view of safety and cost.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number17859
NPARC number20358863
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Record created2012-07-20
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