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Title: Post-Fire Assessment of structural Wood Members

Source: 2005. Post-Fire assessment of structural wood members. Wood and timber condition assessment manual. Madison, WI: Forest Produccts Society: 29-46:Chapter 4. 2005

Author(s)Ross, Robert J.; Brashaw, Brian K.; Wang, Xiping; White, Robert H.; Pellerin, Roy F.

Publication Year: 2005  View PDF »

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Category: Journal Articles

Abstract: Since the interior of a charred wood member normally retains its structural integrity, large structural wood members often do not need to be replaced after a fire. Engineering judgement is required to determine which members can remain and which members need to be replaced or repaired. Due to the lack of established methods to directly determine the residual capacity ofdamaged wood members, a systematic approach starting with theassessment of the likely fire exposure is recommended. Assessment includes visual inspection of damaged members, visual inspection of connections, and visual inspection of any protective membranes (i.e., gypsum board). Potential methods for nondestructive evaluation of structuralpropertiesofafire-damagedwood memberarediscussedaftera brief review of the degradation of wood when exposed to fire.

Keywords: Post-fire assessment, building inspection, wood, deterioration, nondestructive testing, fire testing, pyrolysis, structural timbers, fire resistance, fire damage, charring, thermal degradation

File size: 741 kb(s)

Date posted: 07/06/2009

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RITS Product ID: 29765
Current FPL Scientists associated with this product (listed alphabetically)
Ross, Robert J.
Supervisory Research Gen. Engineer
Wang, Xiping
Research Forest Products Technologist
 

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