STRUCTURAL FIRE SAFETY OF EXISTING STEEL BUILDINGS, Possible general approach and application to the case of the intumescent coatings

Antonio Bilotta, Donatella de Silva, Emidio Nigro

Abstract


The fire safety of the existing structures is very important from the socio-economic point of view and has high social impact for civil, industrial, and commercial buildings. The verification of the minimum fire resistance of civil structures is done through some regulations, drafted to ensure occupant and rescue teams safety as well as a limited structural damage. These national fire rules are not always easily applicable to existing buildings. The purpose of this paper is to provide guidance about the structural analysis of existing buildings exposed to fire, with particular reference to steel buildings protected with intumescent coatings.

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