Finite Element Modelling of Structural Steel Frame in Fires

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Numerical modelling using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) has been utilised in the fire safety engineering design. The purpose of a study based on this method is to assess the effectiveness and the structural safety in fire condition. The paper demonstrates the capability of computer modelling in the structural fire engineering field. A new FEA-based technique to investigate the inherent fire resistance of composite cellular steel beams supporting concrete slabs in fire is introduced. The paper also discusses the possibility of using FEA to investigate the interaction between a fire compartment wall and a deflected heated steel beam. The benefits of using the computer modelling in identifying the optimum passive fire protection are highlighted. This type of modelling allows a fairly realistic representation of the behaviour of structures in fire conditions. It is intended that designs carried out in accordance with such computer models, as part of an overall structural fire engineering strategy, will achieve at least the level of safety required by regulations while allowing some economies in construction costs to be made. Finally, a suggested way forward in the field of structural fire engineering is discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
Number of pages2193
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 5 Mar 2008
EventCTBUH 8th World Congress-Tall & Green: Typology for a Urban Future - 8th World Congress Dubai
Duration: 5 Mar 2008 → …


ConferenceCTBUH 8th World Congress-Tall & Green: Typology for a Urban Future
Period5/03/08 → …


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