A contemporary review of large-scale non-standard structural fire testing

Bisby, Luke, Gales, John and Maluk, Cristian (2013) A contemporary review of large-scale non-standard structural fire testing. Fire Science Reviews, 2 1: . doi:10.1186/2193-0414-2-1

Author Bisby, Luke
Gales, John
Maluk, Cristian
Title A contemporary review of large-scale non-standard structural fire testing
Journal name Fire Science Reviews   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2193-0414
Publication date 2013-12
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1186/2193-0414-2-1
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 2
Issue 1
Total pages 27
Place of publication Heidelberg, Germany
Publisher SpringerOpen
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In recent years, large-scale structural fire testing has experienced something of a renaissance. After about a century with the standard fire resistance test being the predominant means to characterize the response of structural elements in fires, both research and regulatory communities are confronting the many inherent problems associated with using simplified single element tests, on isolated structural members subjected to unrealistic temperature-time curves, to demonstrate adequate structural performance in fires. As a consequence, a shift in testing philosophy to large-scale non-standard fire testing, using real rather than standard fires, is growing in momentum. A number of custom made, non-standard testing facilities have recently been constructed or are nearing completion. Non-standard fire tests performed around the world during the past three decades have identified numerous shortcomings in our understanding of real building behavior during real fires; in most cases these shortcomings could not have been observed through standard furnace tests. Supported by a grant from the Fire Protection Research Foundation, this paper presents a review of relevant non-standard structural fire engineering research done at the large-scale around the world during the past few decades. It identifies gaps and research needs based both on the conclusions of previous researchers and also on the authors’ own assessment of the information presented. A review of similar research needs assessments carried out or presented during the past ten years is included. The overarching objective is to highlight gaps in knowledge and to help steer future research in structural fire engineering, particularly experimental research at the large-scale.
Keyword Fire resistance
Standard fire testing
Large scale
Non standard fires
Natural fires
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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