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Engineering Guide to Fire Exposures of Structural Elements Now Available Free To AISC Members

November 04, 2004 From American Institute of Steel Construction, Inc.

Designing fire resistance of structures in a performance environment is a three step process: defining the fire boundary conditions that the structure will be exposed to, and determining it’s thermal and then structural response. AISC members can now download at no charge the Society of Fire Protection Engineers newest engineering guide, which provides the information necessary to the fire protection engineer to aid in the first important step of this process: estimating the fire boundary conditions.

Design methods, their limitations and examples of their application are provided for fully developed exposure fires and for fire plumes, the two fire exposures of most importance in the design of structures for fire.

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 engineering guide, "Fire Exposures to Structural Elements," 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.

AISC members can download this publication at no charge by visiting www.aisc.org/exposures. Non-members can purchase the guide for $80 by visiting www.sfpe.org.

For more information on AISC membership, visit www.aisc.org/membership.

For more information contact:

Scott Melnick
VP of Communications
(312) 670-8314
[email protected]

American Institute of Steel Construction
The American Institute of Steel Construction, headquartered in Chicago, is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry. AISC’s mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural steel-related technical and market-building activities, including: specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, and market development. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry of providing timely and reliable information. 

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