Structural and fire behaviour of a new light gauge steel wall system

Gunalan, Shanmuganathan & Mahendran, Mahen (2010) Structural and fire behaviour of a new light gauge steel wall system. In Kodur, Venkatesh (Ed.) Proceedings of The 6th International Conference Structures in Fire, DEStech Publications, Inc./Michigan State University, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, pp. 43-50.

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Fire design is an essential element of the overall design procedure of structural steel members and systems. Conventionally the fire rating of load-bearing stud wall systems made of light gauge steel frames (LSF) is based on approximate prescriptive methods developed on the basis of limited fire tests. This design is limited to standard wall configurations used by the industry. Increased fire rating is provided simply by adding more plasterboards to the stud walls. This is not an acceptable situation as it not only inhibits innovation and structural and cost efficiencies but also casts doubt over the fire safety of these light gauge steel stud wall systems. Hence a detailed fire research study into the performance and effectiveness of a recently developed innovative composite panel wall system was undertaken at Queensland University of Technology using both full scale fire tests and numerical studies.

Experimental results of LSF walls using the new composite panels under axial compression load have shown the improvement in fire performance and fire resistance rating. Numerical analyses are currently being undertaken using the finite element program ABAQUS. Measured temperature profiles of the studs are used in the numerical models and the results are used to calibrate against full scale test results. The validated model will be used in a detailed parametric study with an aim to develop suitable design rules within the current cold-formed steel structures and fire design standards.

This paper will present the results of experimental and numerical investigations into the structural and fire behaviour of light gauge steel stud walls protected by the new composite panel. It will demonstrate the improvements provided by the new composite panel system in comparison to traditional wall systems.

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ID Code: 31645
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Funders: ARC
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Keywords: Fire, Wall, Cold-formed steel, Temperature, Stud
ISBN: 978-1-60595-027-3
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Structural Engineering (090506)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 DEStech Publications, Inc./Michigan State University
Deposited On: 07 Apr 2010 22:56
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2014 01:31

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