Fire tests of load bearing steel stud walls exposed to real building fires

Ariyanayagam, Anthony Deloge & Mahendran, Mahen (2012) Fire tests of load bearing steel stud walls exposed to real building fires. In 7th International Conference on Structures in Fire, 6 - 8 June 2012, ETH, Zurich,.

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Abstract. Fire resistance has become an important part in structural design due to the ever increasing loss of properties and lives every year. Conventionally the fire rating of load bearing Light gauge Steel Frame (LSF) walls is determined using standard fire tests based on the time-temperature curve given in ISO 834 [1]. Full scale fire testing based on this standard time-temperature curve originated from the application of wood burning furnaces in the early 1900s and it is questionable whether it truly represents the fuel loads in modern buildings. Hence a detailed fire research study into the performance of LSF walls was undertaken using real design fires based on Eurocode parametric curves [2] and Barnett’s ‘BFD’ curves [3]. This paper presents the development of these real fire curves and the results of full scale experimental study into the structural and fire behaviour of load bearing LSF stud wall systems.

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ID Code: 53259
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Funders: ARC
Keywords: Light gauge steel frames, Load bearing steel stud walls, Real building fires, Fire rating, Cold-formed steel structures, Full scale tests
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 22:14
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2017 14:43

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