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Concrete and Fire (free)


This publication provides an overview on the extensive research on the performance of concrete in fire that has provided an excellent understanding of the behaviour of concrete structures in a fire. Concrete, when appropriately designed, is inherently fireproof due to its non-flammability and thermal insulation properties. This understanding enables designers to move from existing prescribed tabulated values for fire resistance to computer simulation and performance-based fire engineering. While prescriptive data will continue to have a role to play, new standards such as Eurocode 2 will incorporate greater degrees of flexibility to the sizing of concrete elements for fire safety. This means designers will have more scope for efficient design of concrete structures.

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