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The paper is summarizing the European knowledge in the field of the behaviour of the structures made of the main structural materials under fire action. The new findings are stressed to prepare background for studying of the exceptional fire conditions. The exceptional fire is the commonly observed problem of the fire acting after or together with other accidental loading as earthquakes, windstorms, heavy snow loading, gas explosions, bomb blasts, impact of vehicles, rapidly changing loading situations (temperature) or ice loads. The exceptional cases include also the situations not taken account during the design or in fire the unexceptional conditions due to the different fire scenario and burning materials (different to expected cellulose or hydrocarbon fires). The structural integrity is the major goal of the designers to ensure the resistance of the structure under accidental actions and enlarge the safety under exceptional condition. It is guaranteed by the robust of structural elements and its joints, which is described by its balanced stiffness, strength and ductility between its members, connections and supports.

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Authors: WALD F, Czech Technical University in Prague, (CZ);BOSILJKOW V, Slovenian National Building and Civil Engineering Institute (SI);DE MATTEIS G, Department.of Structural Analysis and Design, University of Naples Federico II, Napoli (IT);HALLER P, Technical University Dresden (DE);SANTIAGO L, University of Coimbra (PT);VILA REAL P, University of Aveiro (PT);SIMÕES DA SILVA L, University of Coimbra (PT)
Bibliographic Reference: A paper published in "Improvement of buildings' structural quality by new technologies": Proceedings of the international seminar, Lisbon, 19 and 20 April 2002. EUR 20728. pp.143-154. Euro: 35
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ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-5684-1
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