Risk mitigation of post-earthquake fire in urban buildings

Behnam, Behrouz, Skitmore, Martin and Ronagh, Hamid Reza (2014) Risk mitigation of post-earthquake fire in urban buildings. Journal of Risk Research, 18 5: 602-621. doi:10.1080/13669877.2014.910686


Author Behnam, Behrouz
Skitmore, Martin
Ronagh, Hamid Reza
Title Risk mitigation of post-earthquake fire in urban buildings
Journal name Journal of Risk Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1366-9877
1466-4461
Publication date 2014-05-08
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13669877.2014.910686
Open Access Status
Volume 18
Issue 5
Start page 602
End page 621
Total pages 20
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract Post-earthquake fire (PEF) is considered one of the most high risk and complicated problems affecting buildings in urban areas and can cause even more damage than the earthquake itself. However, most standards and codes ignore the implications of PEF and so buildings are not normally designed with PEF in mind. What is needed is for PEF factors to be routinely scrutinized and codified as part of the design process. A systematic application is presented as a means of mitigating the risk of PEF in urban buildings. This covers both existing buildings, in terms of retrofit solutions, and those yet to be designed, where a PEF factor is proposed. To ensure the mitigation strategy meets the defined criteria, a minimum time is defined – the safety guaranteed time target – where the safety of the inhabitants in a building is guaranteed.
Keyword Post-earthquake fire
Risk identification
Risk assessment
Risk management
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 8 May 2014

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: School of Civil Engineering Publications
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