Fire safety engineering and Structural fire resistance (2°MOD)
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Knowledge and ability to understand:
Knowledge of the mechanical behavior of structures subjected to fire. Knowledge of the European Standard Codes. Knowledge of the construction details and protection systems.
Ability to choose and design the different structural elements of reinforced concrete, steel, masonry and wood.
The student must be able to design the structural elements and choose the systems of fire protection
During the course, students must refine their technical dictionary on the topic.
Students must have the ability to select the most appropriate design choice also evaluating options that are not perfectly identical to those shown during the course.
Strength of Materials and Structural Mechanics: solution of a statically determinate beam, state of stress in a linear elastic beam
Course contents summary
Theoretical and applied aspects for the design of structures in reinforced concrete, steel, masonry and wood.
1 ) The fire resistance in accordance with Italian Codes and Eurocodes .
2 ) Actions on structures exposed to fire according to EN 1991-1-2
3 ) Fire design of reinforced concrete structures according to EN 1992-1-2 and UNI 9502. Tabular and analytical methods; Protection systems
4 ) Fire design of steel structures according to EN 1993-1-2 and UNI 9503. Graphic and analytical method . Protection systems of structures
5 ) Fire design of masonry structures according to EN 01/02/1996
6 ) Fire design of wood structures according to EN 1995-1-2 and UNI 9504. Protection systems
Buchanan AH, "Structural design for fire safety", Wiley
Additional material available at the web site Elly : PDF of the slides used during the course. PDF of all the exercises done.
Frontal lectures at the blackboard
The student will develope an homework on the fire assesment of a simple structure in steel or concrete (slab, or beam, column, etc.). The homework is discussed during the oral exam
Assessment methods and criteria
The examination is based on a oral discussion on a project work assigned at the end of the course in agreement with the other teacher. The examination is weighted as follows:Knowledge: theoretical questions and proper analysis and discussion of the case study (max 18 points) ; Communication skills: proper knowledge of the scintific language in the field (max 3 points)
Making judgments: design choices (max 9 points).
The test is exceeded if it reaches a score of at least 18 points. The “30 cum laude” score is given to students who achieve the highest score on each item and use precise vocabulary.
Attending the course i strongly recommended