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Fire Damage and Post-Fire Assessment of Structural Wood Members

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Depending on the severity, fire damage can compromise the structural integrity of wood structures such as buildings or residences. In such instances, engineering judgment is typically required to determine which members can remain as is and which members need to be replaced or repaired. A systematic approach starting with the assessment of the likely fire exposure is recommended for completeness. This is generally true, whether or not there is a danger of local collapse or concerns about the stability of free-standing residual parts of a fire damaged building. Fire damage as it relates to wood structures can incorporate several models that address (1) the type, the cause, and the spread of the fire along with fire resistance ratings and, (2) the thermal gradients and the residual load capacity.


  • Brian Kukay. Ph.D., P.E.

    Brian Kukay is a tenured associate professor at Montana Tech. Currently, he serves on the ASCE/SEI Timber Bridge Committee. He is an Associate Professor at Montana Tech of The University of Montana. His research focuses on the destructive and nondestructive testing of wood structures. Dr. Kukay has authored a number of publications on topic in partnership with the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory. He is a registered P.E. in Montana.

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April 28, 2016
Thu 12:00 PM CDT

Duration 1H 30M

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