Structural Fire Engineering

Module aims

  • To introduce the students to the fundamental concepts and principles of structural fire safety engineering

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing this course unit, students will be able to:

  • Have an understanding of the principles of heat transfer within and between structural members and the fire.
  • Understand the mechanics of a compartment fire and travelling fire, and their associated thermal loads.
  • Understand how common construction materials such as steel, concrete and timber degrade under the action of elevated temperatures.
  • Be able to apply principles of fire science and heat transfer to perform simple design calculations using spreadsheet tools.
  • Be familiar with the design philosophy in EN 1991-1-2, EN 1993-1-2 and EN 1994-1-2.
  • Be familiar with using sophisticated numerical tools to undertake performance-based fire safety engineering computations.
 

Module syllabus

  • Fundamentals of conductive, convective and radiative heat transfer. 

  • Introduction to fire science and fire dynamics – fire growth and spread. 

  • Mechanical and thermal properties of common construction materials under elevated temperatures. 

  • Structural behaviour of individual members and systems under thermal loads. 

  • Introduction to prescriptive fire design according to the Eurocodes. 

  • Limitation of prescriptive fire design and fire behaviour in large enclosures including travelling fires. 

  • Introduction to performance-based fire design with FE computational modelling. 

No.  

Topic 

Staff 

01 

Introduction to fire science, fire dynamics and heat transfer 

AJS 

02 

Fire growth and spread, characterisation in EN 1991-1-2 

AJS 

03 

Properties of common construction materials 

AJS 

04 

Structural behaviour under thermal loads 

AJS 

05 

Structural design for thermal loads 

AJS 

06 

Performance-based fire design topic / guest lecture 

AJS 

07 

Computational laboratory 

AJS 

08 

Computational laboratory 

AJS 

09 

Computational laboratory 

AJS 

Teaching methods

The module is delivered via a mixture of lectures and tutorials, with some guest lectures delivered by representatives from industry. The final three weeks of the module are comprised of an advanced Finite Element (FE) computational project, carried out in a computer lab.

Assessments

Assessment via coursework (30%) and written examination (70%). 

Reading list

Module leaders

Dr Adam Sadowski