Finite Element Modelling for Structural Performance of Slim Floors in Fire and Influence of Protection Materials

Donatella de Silva, Naveed Alam, A Nadjai, Emidio Nigro, FA Ali

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Slim floor systems are very common nowadays and various types are currently being used for the construction of high-rise buildings and car parks. Concrete in slim floor beams encases the steel beam section which helps to improve their fire resistance. Despite their higher fire resistance, several fire protection materials like intumescent coatings are often used to achieve a higher fire resistance where desired. The thermal properties and behaviour of various intumescent coating materials were previously studied through experimental investigations. This paper presents finite element analyses to simulate the response of unprotected and protected slim floor beams in fire using different simulation tools. For this purpose, fire tests conducted on unprotected slim floor beams and intumescent coating materials are modelled using research and commercial software. Results from the analyses are compared and verified with the available test data. These validated models are later combined to study the behaviour of protected slim floor beams in fire. Results from the study show that the research and the commercial software replicate the behaviour of slim floor beams and protection materials with good accuracy. Due to the presence of the intumescent coating, the protected slim floor beams displayed a better fire resistance as the temperature of the steel part remained below 400 °C even after 60-min of standard heating. The protected slim floor beams continued to support the external loads even after 120 min of heating.
Original languageEnglish
Article number11291
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalApplied Sciences
Issue number23
Early online date29 Nov 2021
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 29 Nov 2021

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  • Finite element modelling
  • Fire protection materials
  • Fire resistance
  • Intumescent coating
  • Slim floor


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