Fire Performance in Modern Construction: An Analysis

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Essay #: 053622
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Fire Performance In Modern Construction: An Analysis
Table of Contents
I. Introduction
II. Fire Dynamics
III. Combustible Materials in Modern Buildings
IV. Predicting the Fire Performance of Construction Materials
V. Steel’s Fire Performance
VI. Timber’s Fire Performance
VII. Fire Performance of Furniture
VIII. Fiber Reinforced Polymers
IX. Decline in Fire Death Rates
X. Corrosion Factors
XI. Modular Construction Issues
XII. Conclusion
Introduction
Understanding fire dynamics, examining different types of modern combustible materials, and analyzing fire performance in modern construction are important because home and building fires are not uncommon and present a potential threat to everyone. Many of the new materials used in modern...
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..... the building. The truck caught fire, forcing the thieves to forsake their siphons and cans and run for their lives. Flames shot through the building in just a few minutes and their tremendous heat destroyed all the equipment within the building and burned all the combustibles. Although the foam went out quickly after the initial flashover, other items burned furiously for a considerable time.
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Areas over the vehicles were totally destroyed, but, in much of the building, the foam was charred less than 1/4 inch, which is characteristic of foams rated Class I. But the basic structure was damaged beyond repair, and all of its contents were totally lost. Had the urethane been covered with plaster, the fire would have been very localized.