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Postgraduate Course: Structural Design for Fire (IMFSE) (PGEE11141)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits12 ECTS Credits6
SummaryThis 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.
Course description 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)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. understanding the philosophical underpinnings of structural design at both ambient and elevated temperature conditions;
  2. understanding the philosophical underpinnings of structural design at both ambient and elevated temperature conditions;
  3. understanding of the effect of temperature on material properties of - Steel, concrete, wood, composites; fire proofing and thermal insulation;
  4. understanding heat transfer calculations based on imposed conditions - (Temperature vs. Heat Flux); and
  5. 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.
Reading List
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.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsFire Safety Engineering,Structural fire engineering,fire dynamic,structural mechanics,steel,conc
Course organiserDr Angus Law
Tel: (0131 6)51 7247
Course secretaryMiss Margaret Robertson
Tel: (0131 6)50 5565
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