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Structural fire engineering: A ‘First Principles’ Approach

The concept of fire resistance developed as result of historical fires such as the great fire of London in 1666. In the aftermath of the fire the use of non-combustible materials, fire walls, parapets and other means of controlling fire spread were introduced.

 The assessment of fire resistance in the last century or so has relied on the time temperature curve which varies relatively slightly between various international standards: such as CAN ULC S-101 in this country.

 The concept of fire resistance has been applied to assemblies that are tested and listed to provide a stipulated level of fire resistance when tested in conformance with the referenced standard.

 The actual reliability of  structure in response to a fire is quite different and relies on a host of factors- largely dependant on the growth of the fire and response to the building structure and systems.

 Various approaches can be used to predict and assess the likely performance of an actual structure in a fire. Structural performance itself can be predicted in response to the dynamics of the fire growth, decay as well as response of the building systems.

 Structural Fire Engineering is now used in many countries to optimise the use of steel and passive fire protection as well as take allowance of the intervention of active systems in fires.

 Kieran Ager of Jensen Hughes will set out some of the approaches taken to predict and optimise structural fire protection engineering performance and various factors to be considered in achieving an acceptable level of fire performance based on a scientific/reliability approach.

Date:  January 22, 2019
Time: Registration and Reception 5:30pm
Location: False Creek Yacht Club (1661 Granville Street)
Cost: Members - $35; Non-members $40. Please bring cash or a cheque payable to BC Society of Fire Protection Engineers to cover the cost of dinner.
Registration Deadline: January 18, 2019

Free parking is available in the Yacht Club parking lot.

Start date: 
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 17:30
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