Effects of Localised or Non-Uniform Heating on Reinforced Concrete Columns

Jamie Maclean, Vadims Goremikins, Luke Bisby, Timothy Stratford

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This paper describes a research project being conducted to shed light on the response of concrete columns to non-uniform heating, and on the ability to credibly model the response of realistic concrete structures during non-standard fires. A series of 48 one-third scale reinforced concrete (RC) columns are being tested under sustained eccentric axial loading, and exposed to a localized radiant heat source to observe their response, to provide validation data for full-frame structural fire modelling, and to determine the “damage” caused by non-standard fire exposures. All 48 columns are being loaded eccentrically and exposed to a constant incident heat flux at their mid height by means of a propane-fired radiant panel. This paper describes the project, including; the objectives and expected outputs of the project, the experimental test series which is underway, and initial a priori modelling results obtained using the commercially available Finite Element Software ATENA, which will be compared against the results of the experiments once these data are available.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication9th International Conference on Structures in Fire
Place of PublicationPrinceton
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016


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