Structural Collapse: The Hidden Dangers of Residential Fires

10/01/2009
By James M. Dalton, Robert G. Backstrom, and Steve Kerber Educational Objectives  On completion of this course, students will: 1 Gain an understanding of the behavioral differences between solid wood joist and lightweight wood structural members under fire attack.2 Gain an understanding of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) E119 test used to establish structural fire resistance, with modified loading conditions.3 Gain knowledge concerning the collapse times of various floor and roof assemblies in tests recently conducted by Underwriters Laboratories (UL).4 Gain an understanding of the benefits of 1⁄2-inch gypsum board applied to the underside o...

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