Risk mitigation of post-earthquake fire in urban buildings

Behnam, Behrouz, Skitmore, Martin, & Ronagh, Hamid Reza (2015) Risk mitigation of post-earthquake fire in urban buildings. Journal of Risk Research, 18(5), pp. 602-621.

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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.

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ID Code: 72577
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Post-earthquake Fire, Risk Identification, Risk Assessment, Risk Management, Reinforced Concrete Structures, Performance-based Design, CEDM
DOI: 10.1080/13669877.2014.910686
ISSN: 1466-4461
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 04 Jun 2014 05:38
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2015 00:49

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