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Experimental Study of Load-Bearing Cold-Formed Steel Walls Exposed to Realistic Design Fires

1 School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment, Science and Engineering Faculty, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD 4000, Australia

Journal of Structural Fire Engineering

ISSN: 2040-2317

Article publication date: 18 November 2014



This paper presents the details of full scale fire tests of LSF wall panels conducted using realistic fire time-temperature curves. Tests included eight LSF wall specimens of various configurations exposed to both parametric design and natural fire curves. Details of the fire test set-up, test procedure and the results including the measured time-temperature and deformation curves of LSF wall panels are presented along with wall stud failure modes and times. This paper also compares the structural and thermal behavioural characteristics of LSF wall studs with those based on the standard time-temperature curve. Finally, the stud failure times and temperatures are summarized for both standard and realistic design fire curves. This study provides the necessary test data to validate the numerical models of LSF wall panels and to undertake a detailed study into the structural and thermal performance of LSF wall panels exposed to realistic design fire curves.



Ariyanayagam, A. and Mahendran, M. (2014), "Experimental Study of Load-Bearing Cold-Formed Steel Walls Exposed to Realistic Design Fires", Journal of Structural Fire Engineering, Vol. 5 No. 4, pp. 291-330.



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