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Performance-Based Fire Engineering of Structures


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Table of Contents

Introduction to Fire Safety Engineering and the Role of Structural Fire Engineering
Introduction to fire engineering
Roles of structural fire resistance
The process of performance-based fire engineering of structures
Introduction to the book

Recent Major Structural Fire Events and Their Implications
Broadgate fire, London, 1990
Cardington fire research programme, 1994-2003
World Trade Center collapses, 11 September 2001
Windsor Tower fire, Madrid, 12 February 2005
Summary and context of this book

Introduction to Enclosure Fire Dynamics
Standard fires
Fires in small compartments
Fires in large compartments and travelling fires
Computer models of compartment fires

Heat Transfer
Basics of heat transfer
Convective heat transfer coefficients
Radiant heat transfer coefficient
Some simplified solutions for heat transfer
Importance of using appropriate thermal properties of materials
Effects of thermal boundary conditions
Brief introduction to numerical analysis of heat transfer
Concluding remarks

Material Properties
Structural materials
Fire protection materials
Concluding remarks

Element Structural Fire Resistance Design
Design principles
Concrete structures
Steel structures
Composite steel and concrete structures
Timber structures
Masonry structures
Aluminium structures
Fire resistance design worked examples

Global Modelling of Structures in Fire
Nature of global structural behaviour in fire
Analytical methods for structures in fire
Practical modelling techniques

Steel and Composite Joints
Typical joints at ambient temperature and in fire
Current design
Development of performance-based approaches

Integrity of Compartmentation
Issues affecting internal walls
Design of slabs for integrity in fire

Robustness of Structures in Fire
Causes of fire-induced disproportionate collapse
Design strategies
Catenary action
Requirements for connections
Other considerations

The Practical Application of Structural Fire Engineering for a Retail Development in the United Kingdom
Design fires
Acceptance criteria
Finite element analyses
Steel beam connections
Simplified methods
Comparison between Vulcan and simplified methods


About the Author

Yong Wang is a Reader at the University of Manchester, UK and is the author of Steel and Composite Structures, Behaviour and Design for Fire Safety, also published bySpon Press) Ian Burgess is Professor and Head of the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering at the University of Sheffield, UK Frantisek Wald is Professor at the Czech Technical University in Prague Martin Gillie is a Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, UK

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