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Nonlinear analysis of orthotropic composite slabs in fire

Yu, X.M., Huang, Z.H., Burgess, I. and Plank, R. (2008) Nonlinear analysis of orthotropic composite slabs in fire. Engineering Structures, 30 (1). pp. 67-80. ISSN 0141-0296


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In this study an orthotropic slab finite element is developed to model orthotropic slabs in fire, using a layered 9-noded isoparametric slab element and a 3-noded beam element. The element is assembled from a solid slab element which represents the continuous upper portion of the profile, and a special beam element which represents the ribbed lower portion. An equivalent width for the cross-section of this beam element is determined according to the dimensions of the solid slab element and the cross-section of the ribbed profile, and the beam shares the nodes of the solid slab element. The temperature within each layer of the slab element can vary between adjacent Gauss integration points so as to reflect temperature variations in the horizontal plane. Several fire tests on composite slabs have been modelled to validate the approach. Cases of orthotropic slabs with wide range of parameters defining the ribbed profile have been studied, which show that the orthotropic slab model is robust and effective in reflecting the influence of the shape of ribs on the thermal and structural performance of the slabs in fire. The study shows the influence of decking shape on the thermal and structural behaviours of orthotropic slabs. A simple evaluation method for profile selection is proposed.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2008 Elsevier B.V. This is an author produced version of a paper published in Engineering Structures. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Engineering (Sheffield) > Department of Civil and Structural Engineering (Sheffield)
The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > School of Architecture (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Sherpa Assistant
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2008 17:32
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 16:55
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.engstruct.2007.02.013
Status: Published
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2007.02.013
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/3666

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