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Final report on Contract No 7210-SA/125, 126, 213, 214, 323, 423, 522, 623, 839, 937, 1 July 1994 to 30 June 1998.

This research project aimed to establish a more realistic and credible approach to analysis of structural safety in case of fire, that takes account of active fire fighting measures and real fire characteristics. The project was sponsored by the ECSC and entitled the "Natural Fire Safety Concept". It was undertaken by 11 European partners and was coordinated by ProfilARBED Research.

A procedure was developed that:
- Takes into account the building characteristics relevant to fire growth.
- Quantifies the risk of fire start and considers the influence of active fire fighting measures and occupation type.
- Determines the design heating curve as a function of the design fire load.
- Simulates the global behaviour of the structure submitted to the design heating curve and the static load in case of fire.
- Deduces the fire resistance time and compares it with evacuation time so as to verify the safety of the structure.

This new approach should lead to both financial benefits and better safety guidance.

Additional information

Authors: SLEICH J-B, Profilarbed, Esch-sur-Alzette (LU);CAJOT L-G, Profilarbed, Esch-sur-Alzette (LU);PIERRE M, Profilarbed, Esch-sur-Alzette (LU);JOYEUX D, CTICM, Saint-Rémy-les-Chevreuse (FR);AURTENETXE G, Labein, Bilbao (ES);UNANUA J, Labein, Bilbao (ES);PUSTORINO S, Structura Engineering, Livorno (IT);HEISE F-J, SAES, Düsseldorf (DE);SALOMON R, SAES, Düsseldorf (DE);TWILT L, TNO, Delft (NL);VAN OERLE J, TNO, Delft (NL)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20360 EN (2002), pp.740. Euro: 111.00
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ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-3830-4
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