Using OpenSees for structures in fire

Asif Usmani

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In this paper we report the progress of our work so far on extending of the OpenSees framework so that it can be used to model structures subjected to fire. The work has focussed on understanding the C++ based object oriented structure of the OpenSees framework, so that all developments remain consistent with it. New classes have been added to introduce temperature dependent material properties for steel and concrete materials. New element classes have also been added to analyse 2D truss and frame structures subjected to fire. This paper will provide an overview of the developments already implemented and present results from using the implemented code to solve a number of benchmark problems and from modelling real fire tests.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-70
JournalJournal of Structural Fire Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012


  • OpenSees, structures in fire, modelling


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