Structural Fire Loads: Theory and Principles

by: Leo Razdolsky, Ph.D., P.E., S.E.


Abstract: Structural Fire Loads bridges the gap between prescriptive and performance-based methods for the design of fire-resistant buildings. The book streamlines complex computer analyses so that an approximate analytical expression can be easily used in structural fire load analysis and design. Simplified versions of energy, mass, and momentum equations are provided in dimensionless form with their solutions in tabular form. Step-by-step examples using standard structural systems, such as beams, trusses, frames, and arches, are also presented in this practical guide. Using the proven methods in this book, all types of fires can be addressed in the design process.
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Title: Structural Fire Loads: Theory and Principles

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education: New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Athens, London, Madrid, Mexico City, Milan, New Delhi, Singapore, Sydney, Toronto

Copyright / Pub. Date: 2012 McGraw-Hill Education

ISBN: 9780071789738

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Leo Razdolsky, Ph.D., P.E., S.E. has more than 45 years of experience in structural engineering. His expertise includes high-rise and mid-rise building design, field inspections, and construction management, as well as specialty projects including stadiums, cable structures, exhibition halls and pavilions, power plants, cooling towers, and bridges. Dr. Razdolsky has been teaching various structural engineering courses at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University for more than 15 years. For the past 7 years, he has been conducting research connected with analytical methods of obtaining the structural fire load for a high-rise building subjected to abnormal fire conditions. Dr. Razdolsky is currently a member of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat's (CTBUH's) Fire & Safety Working Group.

Description: Structural Fire Loads bridges the gap between prescriptive and performance-based methods for the design of fire-resistant buildings. The book streamlines complex computer analyses so that an approximate analytical expression can be easily used in structural fire load analysis and design. Simplified versions of energy, mass, and momentum equations are provided in dimensionless form with their solutions in tabular form. Step-by-step examples using standard structural systems, such as beams, trusses, frames, and arches, are also presented in this practical guide. Using the proven methods in this book, all types of fires can be addressed in the design process.