Finite element modelling of load bearing steel stud walls under real building fires

Ariyanayagam, Anthony Deloge & Mahendran, Mahen (2012) Finite element modelling of load bearing steel stud walls under real building fires. In 10th International Conference on Advances in Steel Concrete Composite and Hybrid Structures, 2-4 July, 2012, Singapore.


Fire safety has become an important part in structural design due to the ever increasing loss of properties and lives during fires. Conventionally the fire rating of load bearing wall systems made of Light gauge Steel Frames (LSF) is determined using fire tests based on the standard time-temperature curve given in ISO 834 (ISO, 1999). The standard time-temperature curve given in ISO 834 (ISO, 1999) originated from the application of wood burning furnaces in the early 1900s. However, modern commercial and residential buildings make use of thermoplastic materials, which mean considerably high fuel loads. Hence a detailed fire research study into the performance of LSF walls was undertaken using the developed real fire curves based on Eurocode parametric curves (ECS, 2002) and Barnett’s BFD curves (Barnett, 2002) using both full scale fire tests and numerical studies. It included LSF walls without any insulation, and the recently developed externally insulated composite panel system. This paper presents the details of the numerical studies and the results. It also includes brief details of the development of real building fire curves and experimental studies.

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ID Code: 53258
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Funders: ARC
Keywords: Fire safety, Finite Element Modelling, Load Bearing Steel Stud Walls, Real Building Fires, Cold-formed Steel
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Structural Engineering (090506)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 21 Aug 2012 22:20
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2014 20:32

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