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

1

Introduction to fire science, fire dynamics and heat transfer

GR

2

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

GR

3

Properties of common construction materials

AJS

4

Structural behaviour under thermal loads

AJS

5

Structural design for thermal loads

AJS

6

Performance-based fire design topic

AJS, GR

7

Computational laboratory

AJS, GR

8

Computational laboratory

AJS, GR

9

Computational laboratory

AJS, GR

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

Core

Supplementary

Module leaders

Dr Adam Sadowski