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Design for fire and robustness 6 Credits

Brandutsatta konstruktioner
Second cycle, S7010B
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2016 Sp 3 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
U G#
Fire Safety Engineering
Subject group (SCB)
Building Technology

Entry requirements

Fire protection courses S0003B and S0004B

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
The aim is to understand the main principles for the design of structural elements (beams and columns) of various construction materials: steel, wood and concrete at normal temperature and in fire exposed situations using analytical approach. Students should understand the background to the Eurocode design models and to be able, by certain specified conditions (loads and fire classes) choose an economical solution for fire exposed structural elements of concrete, wood or steel. They should be able to critically evaluate experiments with current analytical methods and estimate bearing resistance of the tested columns. One of the goals is to show the possibilities and limitations of existing design models for different materials. This will insure requirements for independent work as a civil engineer of Fire technology.

The lectures deal with the design of fire exposed building elements and buildings in accordance with Eurocodes. A critical description of the regulatory framework should be focusing on current research questions that will lead to improvement of design standards. Design verification at room temperature and in fire situations in different stress states (tension, compression bending and shear) will be presented with a number of numerical examples. Various construction materials and fire safe solutions will be discussed. A number of numerical examples will be used to illustrate the differences between the structural elements made of different materials. At least three compulsory assignments will be prepared during the course. A comprehensive task consists of experiments in fire furnace and its evaluation using design methods according to the Eurocodes will be prepared in a group. The experimental results and evaluation should be written in the form of a technical report. Unprotected column fire resistance should be analyzed with respect to inbuilt equivalent CO2 per kN of load bearing resistance. The report should be written in groups, 3-5 students. Presentation of various construction details will be discussed and "The best practices" details of buildings of different materials will be provided. Design methods are explained with focus to increase robustness of the structure.

Lectures, numerical examples, a comprehensive lab exercise and consultations.

Approved assignments and the laboratory report are required to pass the course.
Grading: Passed or not passed.

Michael Försth

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2014 Sp 1
- Jean‐Marc Franssen J.M., Vila Real P., Fire Design of Steel Structures, ECCS, Publication 302, ISBN 978‐92‐9147‐099‐0.
- Buchanan A. H., Structural Design for Fire Safety, John Wiley and Sons, Chichester 2003.
- ASCE Manual, Performance‐Based Design of Structural Steel for Fire Conditions, American Society of Civil Engineers, 2009.
- Lennon T., Moore D.B., Wang Y.C., Bailey G.G., Designer’s Guide to EN 1991‐1‐2, EN 1992‐1‐2, EN 1993‐1‐2 and EN 1994‐1‐2, Thomas Telford, 2006.
- Access Steel website (ww.access‐

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

0001Written exam3.0U G#
0003Assignemnt reports3.0U G#

Study guidance
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Syllabus established
by Eva Gunneriusson 04 Feb 2014

Last revised
by Eva Gunneriusson 04 Nov 2015