Improving the performance of composite floors subjected to post-earthquake fire

Riza Suwondo*, Lee Cunningham, Martin Gillie, Colin Bailey

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Abstract

It is well-known that tensile membrane action in concrete floor slabs can enhance the fire resistance of a composite steel frame building. Vertical supports provided by protected beams along the edge of slab panels play an important role in the development of the tensile membrane action. The present study investigates the effect of fire insulation delamination on protected beams, as might occur in an earthquake, on the fire resistance of composite floors subject to fire following an earthquake. The results show that fire insulation delamination considerably reduces the development of tensile membrane action. Based on the results obtained, two methods of improvement are presented to enhance the development of tensile membrane action concurrent with fire insulation delamination. It is found that increasing slab thickness and improving fire protection rating can enhance the fire resistance of the whole building even with fire insulation delamination.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-26
Number of pages9
JournalFire Safety Journal
Volume102
Early online date30 Oct 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018
Externally publishedYes

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