Safety of structures in fire

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The study of the response of structures to fire is a relatively niche field. It is rare to find this subject in the curriculum or even as a topic of research in most civil engineering departments worldwide. There are consequences to the lack of attention to this important topic in terms of the level of safety provided to structures against the fire hazard. Inadequate understanding of the thermomechanical behavior of structures to fire leads engineers to rely upon prescriptive approaches to structural fire safety that have changed little from a century ago and barely address the challenge posed by the fire hazard to modern urban infrastructure, which in turn compromises the safety of occupants and emergency responders in major fires. This paper discusses the drawbacks of the prevalent approaches to fire safe design of structures and suggests alternatives that should offer significantly improved solutions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICSCEA 2019 - Proceedings of the International Conference on Sustainable Civil Engineering and Architecture
EditorsJ.N. Reddy, Chien Ming Wang, Van Hai Luong, Anh Tuan Le
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9789811551437
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventInternational Conference on Sustainable Civil Engineering and Architecture, ICSCEA 2019 - Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
Duration: 24 Oct 201926 Oct 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Civil Engineering
ISSN (Print)2366-2557
ISSN (Electronic)2366-2565


ConferenceInternational Conference on Sustainable Civil Engineering and Architecture, ICSCEA 2019
Country/TerritoryViet Nam
CityHo Chi Minh City


  • Performance-based engineering
  • Simulation of structural response to fire
  • Structures in fire

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering


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