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Facts for Steel Buildings 1: Fire

Introductory primer and objective general reference on fire safety issues in a convenient question and answer format. Provides review of past building fire incidents, building code requirements, fire resistance testing, fire resistant design, and post-fire repair of structures.

Authors: Richard G. Gewain, Nestor R. Iwankiw and Farid Alfawakhiri.

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Engineering Guide: Fire Exposures to Structural Elements

An engineering analysis to evaluate the response of a structure during a fire must consider both the heat transfer from the fire to the structural members and the structural response of these members under the defined threat. The focus of this guide is to define the heat flux boundary condition due to the fire used in the heat transfer analysis portion of this problem. Guidance is provided for two potential fire threats: fully developed enclosure fires and local fire plumes.

Authors: The SFPE Task Group on Fire Exposures to Structural Elements, James Quintiere, Chairman.



Building Code Resource Library Archive

Building Code Resource Library Archive
Web Page

The Building Code Resource Library Archive site, though no longer actively maintained, is a resource collection developed by Richard C. Schulte from 2010 to 2015. This site is hosted by the American Institute of Steel Construction as part of their longtime relationship with Mr. Schulte, and in honor of his many contributions to building fire safety and fire protection.

Author: Richard C. Schulte.

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Facts for Steel Buildings 2: Blast and Progressive Collapse

This document provides the latest information and guidance available for commercial and industrial buildings subject to extraordinary loads and responses. It is not intended to supplant existing guidance for hardened military construction for warfighters. The document presents background and definitions for explosive loads and progressive collapse, general principles of blast loads and response prediction, recommendations for structures designed to resist blast and mitigate progressive collapse, recent guidelines and Federal and DoD requirements, some observations from historical events, and some information on ongoing research.

Authors: Kirk A. Marchand and Farid Alfawakhiri.

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Comparison of Structural Performance of Multi-Story Buildings Under Extreme Events

This report provides a unified structural engineering review and objective assessment of the structural performance of major multi-story building collapses in the U.S. due to the extreme exposures of blast, impact, and fire from the following terrorist events:

        • The 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center (WTC) towers in New York City
        • The 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City
        • The September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center towers and collateral damage of surrounding buildings in New York City
        • The September 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon in Washington D.C.

In addition, a historical survey on the performance of multi-story buildings under normal fires (Iwankiw and Beitel, 2002) is presented for comparison to these extreme events.

Authors: Nestor R. Iwankiw and Lawrence G. Griffis.

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Steel Building Symposium: Blast and Progressive Collapse Resistance

The proceedings of this symposium, held December 4-5, 2003 in New York, NY, provide introduction and guidance for the design and construction of blast and progressive collapse resistant steel buildings.

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A Fatigue Primer for Structural Engineers Small Lock Icon

This publication from the National Steel Bridge Alliance is designed to provide structural engineers with the necessary background to understand and use the current rules for fatigue strength. The publication examines the fundamentals of fatigue and looks at basic fracture mechanic concepts, fatigue strength analysis, fatigue assessment procedures for variable stress range, distortion-induced fatigue cracking, inspection and repair of fatigue cracks. In addition, the book includes 13 examples problems, including several examples pertaining to the AASHTO Specifications.

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Fatigue and Fracture Critical Members: An Overview
PDF, 1.5 MB

This publication from the National Steel Bridge Alliance provides a general overview of the concepts of fatigue and fracture critical members as they apply to contemporary bridge design and construction.

Author: Charles D. Gorman




Bridge Fatigue Guide: Design and Details
PDF, 10 MB

This publication is a guide to the general issue of bridge fatigue and to assist the design in developing details for fatigue resistance. This publication is provided for historical purposes only and is also available in our out-of-print publication list.

Author: John W. Fisher

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Reference List for Industrial Buildings and Non-Building Structures
web page

An extensive list of references for the design of industrial buildings and non-building structures with clickable links.