Numerical modelling of load bearing steel stud walls under fire conditions

Gunalan, Shanmuganathan & Mahendran, Mahen (2010) Numerical modelling of load bearing steel stud walls under fire conditions. In Proceedings of the 21st Australian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials. Incorporating Sustainable Practice in Mechanics of Structures and Materials, CRC Press/Balkema, Victoria University, Melbourne, pp. 501-506.

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Fire design is an essential part of the overall design procedure of structural steel members and systems. Conventionally, increased fire rating is provided simply by adding more plasterboards to Light gauge Steel Frame (LSF) stud walls, which is inefficient. However, recently Kolarkar & Mahendran (2008) developed a new composite wall panel system, where the insulation was located externally between the plasterboards on both sides of the steel wall frame. Numerical and experimental studies were undertaken to investigate the structural and fire performance of LSF walls using the new composite panels under axial compression. This paper presents the details of the numerical studies of the new LSF walls and the results. It also includes brief details of the experimental studies. Experimental and numerical results were compared for the purpose of validating the developed numerical model. The paper also describes the structural and fire performance of the new LSF wall system in comparison to traditional wall systems using cavity insulation.

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ID Code: 37673
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Fire, Steel, Stud, Wall, Numerical
ISBN: 978-0-415-61657-7
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 Please consult the authors.
Deposited On: 03 Oct 2010 23:58
Last Modified: 14 Apr 2011 07:15

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