Fire resistance research needs for high performing materials

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TypeBook Chapter
ConferenceNational Academy of Sciences - Making the Nation Safe from Fire - A Path Forward in Fire Research: 14 April 2002, Washington, D.C.
Pages17; # of pages: 7
SubjectFibre-reinforced polymers (FRP); Fibre-reinforced polymers (FRP)
AbstractIn recent years, there has been a growing interest in the use of highperforming materials (HPM), such as high strength concrete (HSC) and fibre-reinforced polymers (FRP), in civil engineering applications. HPM areoften used as structural members in buildings, without fully addressing the fire related issues. At present, there is very little information available on the performance of HPM under fire conditions. Many of the HPM have special characteristics and hence, traditional fire protection measures, as well as conventional fire resistance assessment methods (prescribed in standards), may not be applied to enhance or evaluate their fire resistance. There is an urgent need for the development of fire resistance design guidelines, for the wider application of HPM in buildings and other infrastructure projects where fire resistance requirements are to be satisfied. The research needed for the development of such guidelinesinclude: improved methods for fire resistance assessment; data on material properties (thermal, mechanical, deformation) as a function of temperature; fire resistance experiments on large/full scale structural systems; validated numerical models and parametric studies. The output from this research will be simplified design guidelines that can be incorporated into codes and standards to facilitate integration of fire resistance design with structural design. Undertaking of this research, followed by technology transfer, should lead to wider use of HPM, and result in cost-effective and fire resistant structural systems.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number45405
NPARC number20378607
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