Vulnerability of bridges to fire

Publication: Research - peer-reviewArticle in proceedings – Annual report year: 2012

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Even if recent effort in developing methodology and measures for design structures against fire and explosions has been mostly focused on buildings, bridges can also be very sensitive to those actions, as
witnesses by some recent bridge accidents, which caused major economic losses and also endangered people safety in few cases. Purpose of this paper is making a focus on the state of the art of the research and current regulations concerning the response of bridges to fire. Several cases of bridge fires are reported and a focus is made on the occurrence and consequence of bridge fires, considering both the costs deriving by structural damages and by limited serviceability and other indirect societal aspects. Few cases of recent bridge fire are reviewed in detail and structural consequences are highlighted, distinguishing between damages directly induced by fire and damages induced by local failures.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 6th International Conference on Bridge Maintenance, Safety and Management
Number of pages8
Publication date2012
StatePublished - 2012
Event6th International Conference on Bridge Maintenance, Safety and Management - Stresa, Lake Maggiore, Italy


Conference6th International Conference on Bridge Maintenance, Safety and Management
CityStresa, Lake Maggiore
Internet address

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Special Session SS05 Vulnerability of bridges to fire and explosions


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