Structural fire protection guards essential structural components from the devastating effects of fire.

This course discusses the types of passive fire protection methods that are available and examines the composition, manufacture, finishes, design, and installation considerations of prefabricated fireproof structural columns designed for exposed exterior and interior load-bearing applications.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the history of how building codes have changed regarding fire resistance since 9/11, and review standard test methods for fire resistance of building assemblies.
  • Review strategies for fireproofing structural steel and how passive fire protection systems are designed to maintain the structural stability and integrity of the steel members for a defined length of time.
  • Examine design and erection considerations for prefabricated fireproof columns and understand why using an AISC fabricator is important.
  • Analyze case studies where designers used prefabricated fireproof columns in several schools to meet their aesthetic needs and provide a passive fireproofing strategy.

Prerequisite: None.