Structural Engineers Association of New York
"The Potential Applications of Performance based Fire Engineering in Existing Structures including Forensic Investigations"
Presenter: Dr. Ali Ashrafi, Ph.D., P.E., LEED AP
Associate Principal, Thornton Tomasetti
Effects of real fires on existing buildings can be very different from what codes envision for design of new structures. Whereas building codes typically specify certain fireproofing criteria, intended to achieve temperature or temperature and resistance criteria for specific structural components in a standard furnace test, what a structure experiences in a real fire is not explicitly studied and could be very different from what is implied by the code prescriptive design. From modeling real fires and their impact on the structure, to modeling realistic behavior of the structure at material, component, and structural scale, performance based fire engineering allows for assessment of the real performance of structures to fire. Whether in the context of evaluation of existing structures prior to an incident or forensic investigation of structures after an incident, performance based fire engineering can be a very powerful tool in an engineer’s toolbox.
This seminar is a forensic engineering themed lecture presented on behalf of the ASCE Met Section Forensic Engineering Technical Group and SEAoNY.
Registration from 6pm - 6:15pm
1.5 PDH Credits will be offered
Online Registration ends 4:00 pm October 16th 2017.
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