Modelling the fire performance of structural timber floors

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University of Canterbury. Civil and Natural Resources Engineering
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O'Neill, J.W.
Abu, A.K.
Carradine, D.M.
Moss, P.J.
Buchanan, A.H.

This paper describes numerical modelling to predict the fire resistance of engineered timber floor systems. The floor systems under investigation are timber composite floors (various timber joist and box floor cross sections), and timber-concrete composite floors. The paper describes 3D numerical modelling of the floor systems using finite element software, carried out as a sequential thermo-mechanical analysis. Experimental testing of these floor assemblies is also being undertaken to calibrate and validate the models, with a number of full scale tests to determine the failure mechanisms for each floor type and assess fire damage to the respective system components. The final outcome of this research will be simplified design methods for calculating the fire resistance of a wide range of engineered timber floor systems.

O'Neill, J.W., Abu, A.K., Carradine, D.M., Moss, P.J., Buchanan, A.H. (2012) Modelling the fire performance of structural timber floors. Zurich, Switzerland: 7th International Conference on Structures in Fire (SiF), 6-8 Jun 2012. SiF2012, 397-406.
structural fire engineering, timber structures, timber floors, modelling, furnace test, timber floors, thermal modelling, furnace testing, ABAQUS
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Fields of Research::40 - Engineering::4005 - Civil engineering::400510 - Structural engineering
Fields of Research::40 - Engineering::4005 - Civil engineering::400506 - Earthquake engineering