Structural Collapse Under Fire Conditions

BY SEAN P. TOOMEY, P.E.Most fire service personnel learn basic building construction early in their careers but little on how to predict structural collapse. However, the newer materials and construction techniques used today, particularly truss systems, are more likely to collapse faster in a fire than traditional materials, thus making it all the more crucial to possess the knowledge to predict structural collapse at an incident scene.EVOLUTION OF CONSTRUCTION METHODS AND MATERIALSOver the past 30 years, construction methods have transitioned from heavy timber, larger steel, and concrete sections to smaller, lighter sections. The wood construction industry transitioned from using heavy ...

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