Initial probabilistic studies into a deflection-based design format for concrete floors exposed to fire

Ruben Van Coile, Luke Bisby

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Performance Based Design is increasingly applied in structural fire engineering, sometimes entailing the use of deflection-based criteria to demonstrate adequate performance. Since no deflection-based design format currently exists which takes into account the many uncertainties associated with structural performance during fire, the attainment of an ‘adequate safety level’ is not necessarily ensured. Building on earlier studies, the feasibility of a deflection-based design format with a single global safety factor is explored for concrete floors exposed to fire. Considering the common assumption of lognormality for slab deflections, safety factors can be defined. The subsequent feasibility study however indicates that the assumption of a lognormal distribution is problematic in case of fire. A conceptual alternative to the global safety factor is explored, where the load on the slab is step- wise increased up to the point where a predefined deflection criterion is reached. This alternative approach seems promising, as it results in a known distribution type for the calculated maximum distributed load. Next steps for the development of this concept are identified.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)488-495
JournalProcedia Engineering
Volume210
Early online date11 Dec 2017
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Dec 2017

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