The design of steel framed buildings without applied fire protection

C. G. Bailey, G. M. Newman

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The standard methods of applying fire protection to steel framed structures, in the form of board, spray or intumescent coating, are well known. However, owing to material and fixing costs the need for passive fire protection is classed as a distinct disadvantage of using steel as a material for structural frames. This paper presents methods of construction of steel framed structures that can be used, at the present time, which eliminate or greatly reduce the need for passive fire protection materials. These methods are mainly limited to structures which require up to 60 min fire resistance. The main future strategy in the UK for structural fire-resistant design of steel structures is also briefly discussed. This is focused on the recently completed fire tests on a full-scale eight-storey composite steel framed structure. The eventual aim of these tests is to produce structural design guidance which considers the structural behaviour of the building as a complete entity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-81
Number of pages4
JournalStructural Engineer
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 3 Mar 1998


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