Fire protection of high-rise steel buildings

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In the event that a fire occurs in a high-rise building, the only way to ensure the complete safety of all its occupants is by conducting a full-scale evacuation. However, because the primary evacuation systems in most high-rise buildings today are inadequate, this task can be dangerous and problematic. This paper summarizes activities, conclusions, and recommendations on fire protection of structural steel in high-rise buildings. It includes an overview of existing, new, and potential materials and technologies for fire protection of structural steel. The paper also provides an overview of the current fire protection requirements for building construction, and a discussion of appropriate test methods to evaluate endurance performance of structural steel. Recommendations are developed to improve structural design methodology; improve testing procedures for fire resistive materials, and increase responsibility by building maintenance personnel for sustaining the technologies that constitute the fire protection system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-155
Number of pages12
JournalEuropean Journal of Scientific Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • General Mathematics
  • General Materials Science
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Engineering
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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