Forensic analysis of fire induced structural failure

Abecassis-Empis, C., Cowlard, A., Valenzuela, M., Jahn, W., Lange, D., Rein, G. and Torero, J. L. (2009). Forensic analysis of fire induced structural failure. In: B S Neale, Forensic engineering : from failure to understanding : proceedings of the two day international conference organised by the Institution of Civil Engineers. 4th International Conference on Forensic Engineering: From failure to understanding, London, United Kingdom, (363-371). 2 - 4 December 2008.

Author Abecassis-Empis, C.
Cowlard, A.
Valenzuela, M.
Jahn, W.
Lange, D.
Rein, G.
Torero, J. L.
Title of paper Forensic analysis of fire induced structural failure
Conference name 4th International Conference on Forensic Engineering: From failure to understanding
Conference location London, United Kingdom
Conference dates 2 - 4 December 2008
Proceedings title Forensic engineering : from failure to understanding : proceedings of the two day international conference organised by the Institution of Civil Engineers
Journal name Forensic Engineering, Proceedings of the Congress
Place of Publication London
Publisher Thomas Telford
Publication Year 2009
Year available 2009
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status
ISBN 9780727736130
0727736132
Editor B S Neale
Start page 363
End page 371
Total pages 9
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Fire investigation has generally focused on the identification of the cause and origin of a fire. Thus methodologies developed for this purpose are mainly based on the dynamics of fire growth and the investigation of its effect on the different objects within the structure affected by the fire. It is unusual to come across a fire investigation emphasizing structural damage as a means to obtain information for fire reconstruction. A series of dramatic fire events such as the Windsor Tower (Spain) and the World Trade Centre (USA) collapses have emphasized the need to introduce a structural analysis alongside the evaluation of the fire timeline. Only the combined analysis is capable of providing a complete reconstruction of such an event and therefore a solid determination of causality. This paper presents a methodology to establish the sequence of events leading to a fire-related structural failure, by means of modern structural and fire analysis tools. This analysis will be compared with classic cause and origin techniques emphasizing the importance of a comprehensive study. Specific structural features and fire conditions that lead to unique forms of failure will be discussed establishing the complexity of linking fire, structural characteristics and failure mode. A series of examples will be used to illustrate different forms of failure and the fires that originate them.
Subjects 2734 Pathology and Forensic Medicine
2200 Engineering
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Collection: School of Civil Engineering Publications
 
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