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Manual of Practice On Structural Fire Engineering Design Available
October 18, 2018

The American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) new book, Structural Fire Engineering: Instrumentation and Measurement, provides best practices for the field of performance-based structural fire engineering design. When structural systems are heated by fire, they experience thermal effects that are not contemplated by conventional structural engineering design. Traditionally, structural fire protection is prescribed for structures after they have been optimized for ambient design loads. This century-old prescriptive framework endeavors to reduce the heating of individual structural components with the intent of mitigating the risk of structural failure under fire exposure. Buildings are vulnerable to structural failure from uncontrolled fire across various jurisdictions.

As an alternative approach, Standard ASCE 7-16 permits the application of performance-based structural fire design (also termed structural fire engineering design) to evaluate the performance of structural systems explicitly under fire exposure in a similar manner as other design loads are treated in structural engineering practice. MOP 138 serves as a valuable resource for practicing structural engineers, architects, building officials, and academics concerned with performance-based design for structural fire safety.

To purchase online visit the ASCE Bookstore.


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