Structures under fire conditions

lgciv2045  2021-2022  Louvain-la-Neuve

Structures under fire conditions
3 credits
20.0 h
It is advised to have a grounding in the fundamental concepts of material resistance, structural mechanics, stability and the bases of design of steel, composite steel-concrete and reinforced concrete structures, as taught in LGCIV1022, LGCIV1031, LGCIV1023, LGCIV1032, LGCIV2033.
Main themes
The course concerns exceptional accidental actions by fire that can affect the structures. The themes are:
- The characteristics of the action (fire);
- The structural responses in thermal terms;
- The principles of fire protection; The main lines of the Eurocodes prescriptions taking into account fire

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 With reference to the AA reference system of the "Master of Civil Engineering" program, this course contributes to the development, acquisition and evaluation of the following learning outcomes: AA1.1, AA1.2, AA1.3., AA5.5 and AA5.6 More specifically, at the end of this course, the student will be able to:
Fire problematic:
- Describe the thermal actions associated with the development of a fire;
- Know the different possible approaches for calculating and characterizing a fire;
- Describe the different parameters influencing the thermal behavior of materials (steel, concrete, wood) and the link with the modification of their mechanical behavior;
- Describe the membrane behavior of composite steel-concrete structures in a fire situation;
- Describe the steps involved in performing a fire engineering calculation on a typical building;
- Know the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of fireproof design (coating, intumescent paints, Promat type materials, oversizing, etc.).
Teaching methods
  • Theoretical courses accompanied by presentation of case studies
  • Work session based on a real fire resistance calculation project
Evaluation methods
  • The assessment will be done on the basis of a real situation around the calculation of a building project
  • Students in groups of 2 will carry out during the sessions and at home the calculation and a report on a real case.
  • The report will then be presented during a 30-minute session per group
Online resources
Available on Teams: Course slides and syllabus including theoretical part as well as case studies
Syllabus comprenant partie théorique ainsi que des cas d’études
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Civil Engineering

Master [120] in Architecture and Engineering