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FIRE-STRUCTURE INTERACTION EXPERIMENT PLAN FOR FULL-SCALE COMPOSITE FLOOR SYSTEM

Published

Author(s)

Lisa Y. Choe, John L. Gross, William L. Grosshandler, Matthew F. Bundy

Abstract

The newly-constructed National Fire Research Laboratory (NFRL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) provides an opportunity for the structural fire research community to undertake experimental research here-to-for not possible. This paper describes the inaugural series of experiments proposed to measure the performance of a real-scale composite floor system within a two story, multi-bay steel frame structure under realistic fire and structural loading in a well-controlled laboratory condition. The fires to which the structural system will be exposed represent conditions that could threaten the structural integrity of the composite floor. The outcome of the experiments will include an extensive database of temperatures and deformations of the composite floor, structural steel beams, and structural steel shear connections during the anticipated four hour heating and cool- down period. These data will be used (i) to evaluate the fire performance of the composite floor system, (ii) to validate physics-based models to predict fire resistance performance of similar structures, (iii) to provide the technical basis for performance-based engineering for fire resistance design of structures, and (iv) to foster innovation in the building design and construction industry.
Citation
Fire Technology
Volume
10694
Issue
2684

Keywords

Structural fire – Full-scale steel structure experiments – Fire/structure interaction – Fire resistance of composite floor – NFRL

Citation

Choe, L. , Gross, J. , Grosshandler, W. and Bundy, M. (2016), FIRE-STRUCTURE INTERACTION EXPERIMENT PLAN FOR FULL-SCALE COMPOSITE FLOOR SYSTEM, Fire Technology, [online], https://doi.org/10.1007/s10694-015-0544-4 (Accessed April 14, 2024)
Created January 11, 2016, Updated August 25, 2020