Experiences From Evaluating Fire-Damaged Concrete Structures

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Title: Experiences From Evaluating Fire-Damaged Concrete Structures

Author(s): Armand Gustaferro

Publication: Special Publication

Volume: 80

Issue:

Appears on pages(s): 269-278

Keywords: beams (supports); cracking (fracturing); damage; evaluation; fires; loads (forces); nondestructive tests; precast concrete; prestressed concrete; reinforced concrete; repairs;

Date: 7/1/1983

Abstract:
The author describes evaluations of structural damage caused accidental fires to buildings, bridges and outdoor industrial structure constructed of reinforced concrete, cast-in-place post-tensioned concrete or precast prestressed concrete. Techniques for evaluating structural damage include visual inspections, non-destructive testing, laboratory test of samples of steel and concrete, and load tests. Most damaged structure can be repaired by concrete restoration procedures, but it is sometime more economical to replace damaged portions of structures.