Effect of top reinforcing on the fire performance of continuous reinforced concrete beams
This paper examines the behaviour of continuous reinforced concrete beams exposed to fire on three sides, in order to investigate the effect of different lengths of the top reinforcing bars over the supports. The study was performed with 2D finite element analysis using SAFIR. The effect of continuity was investigated with rectangular crosssection beams spanning over two and three bays subjected to the ISO 834 fire. Compared to a single span beam, the continuous beams resisted the fire exposure for a longer period of time. It was found that different lengths of the top reinforcing bars resulted in different failure mechanisms, but did not greatly affect the fire resistance of the beams . The influence of the full process of fire development was analysed using the ISO fire for 30, 60 and 90 minutes followed by a decay phase. Structural failure only occurred if the fully developed phase of the fire continued until very close to the failure time reached with no decay phase.