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Comparison of fire resistance of damaged fireproofed steel beams under hydrocarbon pool fire and ASTM E119 fire exposure

Mustafa Mahamid (University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Ataollah Taghipour Anvari (University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Ines Torra-Bilal (University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Tom Brindley (Brindley Engineering Corporation, Lisle, Illinois, USA)
Michael McNallan (University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA)

Journal of Structural Fire Engineering

ISSN: 2040-2317

Article publication date: 23 January 2019

Issue publication date: 22 May 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate different types of fire on structural steel members with damaged fireproofing. Two types of fire scenarios are considered, ASTM E119 fire and Hydrocarbon fire. In industrial facilities such as oil refineries, certain units maybe subjected to hydrocarbon fire, and its effect might be different than standard fire. The purpose of this study is to compare both types of fire scenarios on steel beams with damaged fireproofing and determine the fire rating of the damaged beams under each fire scenario.

Design/methodology/approach

The study is performed using computational methods, thermal-stress finite element analysis that is validated with experimental results. The results of practical beam sizes and typical applied loads in such structures have been plotted and compared with steel beams with non-damaged fireproofing.

Findings

The results show significant difference in the beam fire resistance between the two fire scenarios and show the fire resistance for beam under each case. The study provides percentage reduction in fire resistance under each case for the most commonly used cases in practice under different load conditions.

Originality/value

Extensive literature search has been performed by the authors, and few studies were found relevant to the topic. The question this study answers comes up regularly in practice. There are no standards to codes that address this issue.

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Acknowledgements

The authors gratefully acknowledge UIC Seed support to accomplish this research. For further information and details on this work and for more results, you can contact Dr Mustafa Mahamid from the University of Illinois at Chicago at mmahamid@uic.edu

Citation

Mahamid, M., Taghipour Anvari, A., Torra-Bilal, I., Brindley, T. and McNallan, M. (2019), "Comparison of fire resistance of damaged fireproofed steel beams under hydrocarbon pool fire and ASTM E119 fire exposure", Journal of Structural Fire Engineering, Vol. 10 No. 2, pp. 193-232. https://doi.org/10.1108/JSFE-02-2018-0004

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