The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 74 (1996) > Issues > Issue 6 > Computer Simulation of a Full-Scale Structural Fire Test
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Computer Simulation of a Full-Scale Structural Fire Test

A computer analysis is being developed whose objective is to predict the response of steel framed buildings to fire conditions. This is now capable of analysing 3-dimensional structures, including a representation of the restraint to thermal expansion provided by concrete floor slabs. The analysis has been used to model the first of the fire tests conducted on the full-scale eight-storey composite test frame at Cardington, which took place on 19 January 1995. In this test a 9m secondary composite beam was heated to steel temperatures in excess of 800°C. C.G. Bailey, I.W. Burgess and Professor R.J. Plank

Author(s): Bailey, C G;Burgess, I W;Plank, R J

Keywords: fire;laboratory testing;analysis;modelling;frames;composite construction;floors;slabs;temperature;effects;heat;deflection;forecasting;comparing;behaviour;large building test facility, cadington, beds;beams;connections