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Fire and Structural Safety a Hot Topic for Engineers--and the Nation
June 4, 2007
Earthquakes and explosions grab the headlines when structures are toppled, but often the Achilles' heel of engineering is fire. Fire is the follow-up act in disasters. Yet in a research world awash in data keeping skyscrapers, bridges and buildings upright and safe in disaster, fire remains largely unstudied. A Michigan State professor says bringing the United States up to speed in integrating fire and structural engineering is crucial to homeland security.
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