Postgraduate Course: Structural Design for Fire (MSc) (PGEE11140)
|School||School of Engineering
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course will provide an overview of the fundamentals of fire behaviour in buildings and introduce methods of quantifying the threat it poses to structures. This will involve estimating the temperatures in building compartments and the temperatures that individual structural members get exposed to as a function of time. Fundamentals of the behaviour of common construction materials and estimation of the variation of mechanical properties of construction materials affected by fire (i.e. temperature rise). Structural analysis principles are then applied to the fire problem. Methods to carry out calculations to determine structural behaviour in the event of a fire will be introduced followed by a discussion of advanced analytical and computational tools for analysing structural behaviour in fire. The course will also provide an introduction to current (code based) design procedures.
Lecture 1 - Goals and Objectives
Lecture 2 - Structural Fires
Lecture 3 - Heat Transfer 1
Lecture 4 - Heat Transfer 2
Lecture 5 - Expansion and Restraint
Lecture 6 - Loads on Structures
Lecture 7 - Resistance
Lecture 8 - Revisiting the furnace test
Lecture 9 - More common types of building
Lecture 10 - Computational Modelling
Lecture 11 - Summary
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11,
Formative Assessment Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 4,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||The assessment will be made on the basis of: Coursework (project) 40% and Degree Examination (60%).
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||Structural Design for Fire (MSc)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- understanding the philosophical underpinnings of structural design at both ambient and elevated temperature conditions;
- survey the different analytical and empirical tools for fire calculations in both small and open plan compartments;
- understanding of the effect of temperature on material properties of - Steel, concrete, wood, composites; fire proofing and thermal insulation;
- understanding heat transfer calculations based on imposed conditions - (Temperature vs. Heat Flux); and
- understand the role of loss of strength, deformation and thermal expansion and application to design of structures for fire resistance - Includes advanced analytical principles and calculations, and structural design for fire.
|1. Fundamentals of Heat and Mass Transfer ,Theodore L. Bergman, Adrienne S. Lavine, Frank P. Incropera, David P. DeWitt (2011) Wiley.|
2. An Introduction to Fire Dynamics, 3rd Edition, Dougal Drysdale (2011).
3. Fundamental principles of structural behaviour under thermal effects, Asif Usmani (2001).
Course notes will also be provided.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Structural fire engineering,fire dynamic,structural mechanics,steel,concrete,timber,fire safe
|Course organiser||Dr Angus Law
Tel: (0131 6)51 7247
|Course secretary||Miss Margaret Robertson
Tel: (0131 6)50 5565