Experimental studies of non-load bearing steel wall systems under fire conditions
Kolarkar, Prakash & Mahendran, Mahen (2012) Experimental studies of non-load bearing steel wall systems under fire conditions. Fire Safety Journal, 53, pp. 85-104. (In Press)
Fire safety of buildings has been recognised as very important by the building industry and the community at large. Traditionally, increased fire rating is provided by simply adding more plasterboards to light gauge steel frame (LSF) walls, which is inefficient. Many research studies have been undertaken to investigate the thermal behaviour of traditional LSF stud wall systems under standard fire conditions. However, no research has been undertaken on the thermal behaviour of LSF stud walls using the recently proposed composite panel. Extensive fire testing of both non-load bearing and load bearing wall panels was conducted in this research based on the standard time-temperature curve in AS1530.4. Three groups of LSF wall specimens were tested with no insulation, cavity insulation and the new composite panel based on an external insulation layer between plasterboards. This paper presents the details of this experimental study into the thermal performance of non-load bearing walls lined with various configurations of plasterboard and insulation. Extensive descriptive and numerical results of the tested non-load bearing wall panels given in this paper provide a thorough understanding of their thermal behaviour, and valuable time-temperature data that can be used to validate numerical models. Test results showed that the innovative composite stud wall systems outperformed the traditional stud wall systems in terms of their thermal performance, giving a much higher fire rating.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Non-load Bearing Walls, Gypsum Plasterboard, Composite Panel, Insulation, Standard Fire Tests, Thermal Behaviour|
|Divisions:||Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering|
Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2012 Pergamon/ScienceDirect|
|Deposited On:||21 Aug 2012 10:09|
|Last Modified:||22 Aug 2012 13:46|
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