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See detailUrban infrastructure resilience to fire disaster: An overview
Gernay, Thomas ULg; Selamet, Serdar; Tondini, Nicola et al

in Procedia Engineering (2016), 161C

Fire disasters are a serious threat to the functionality of the built environment, in particular in densely populated urban areas where city infrastructure systems are under strain. Yet, fire safety ... [more ▼]

Fire disasters are a serious threat to the functionality of the built environment, in particular in densely populated urban areas where city infrastructure systems are under strain. Yet, fire safety issues are still mostly considered at the level of individual elements or buildings, disregarding the global risk for systems’ functionality. In line with the current efforts toward ensuring more resilient cities, this paper presents an overview of urban infrastructure resilience to fire disaster. The definitions of resilience and the quantitative frameworks established for other hazards such as earthquakes are reviewed. Then, the specificities of structural fire engineering are presented and it is shown how resilience frameworks could be applied to fire hazard. Finally, the paper identifies areas where further research efforts are needed. [less ▲]

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See detailFire safety engineering group: presentation of the research activities at the ULg PhD information session
Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg; Gernay, Thomas ULg

Diverse speeche and writing (2015)

Presentation of the research activities of the fire safety engineering group headed by Jean-Marc Franssen at University of Liege

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See detailMaintenance, restauration et protection des constructions: réparations structurales des constructions
Gernay, Thomas ULg

Learning material (2015)

Le document est le support PowerPoint du cours donné le 1er décembre 2015 aux étudiants ingénieurs civils des constructions et ingénieurs architectes de l'ULg. Le cours traite du problème de la réparation ... [more ▼]

Le document est le support PowerPoint du cours donné le 1er décembre 2015 aux étudiants ingénieurs civils des constructions et ingénieurs architectes de l'ULg. Le cours traite du problème de la réparation et du renforcement structural des constructions en béton et en acier (ponts, bâtiments). [less ▲]

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See detailNew features in SAFIR® 2016
Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg; Gernay, Thomas ULg

Scientific conference (2015, November 05)

This presentation gives an overview of the new features implemented in the version 2016 of SAFIR, the finite element software dedicated to the analysis of buildings in fire.

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See detailEvaluating a city’s vulnerability to fire following earthquake
Gernay, Thomas ULg

Scientific conference (2015, October 23)

Recent extreme events such as major earthquakes have emphasized the need for disaster-resilient communities. In a resilience framework, the built environment is designed to respond adequately to low ... [more ▼]

Recent extreme events such as major earthquakes have emphasized the need for disaster-resilient communities. In a resilience framework, the built environment is designed to respond adequately to low probability-high consequence events. The latter include cascading multi-hazard events such as fires following an earthquake, which can cause major social and economic losses in a community as observed for instance in the 1989 Loma Prieta and 1994 Northridge events in the United States. This presentation provides a methodology to evaluate the response of buildings in a community subject to fire following earthquake. First, a model is developed to determine the probability of ignition in buildings of a community due to an earthquake. Second, fragility functions are developed for buildings subject to fire, to quantify the structural damage and the expected losses. In the future, the ignition model, combined with the fragility functions, can be implemented in a GIS based risk management platform to evaluate economical losses in a region from fire following an earthquake. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalysis of a concrete building exposed to natural fire
Sauca, Ana ULg; Gernay, Thomas ULg; Robert, Fabienne et al

in Wald, F.; Burgess, I.; Jelcic Rukavina, M. (Eds.) et al Proceedings of the Int. Conf. ASFE in Dubrovnik, 15-16 October 2015 (2015, October 16)

In this paper is presented the analysis of a concrete building exposed to OZone fire. The temperature development in the elements and the structural behaviour were calculated in SAFIR using beam elements ... [more ▼]

In this paper is presented the analysis of a concrete building exposed to OZone fire. The temperature development in the elements and the structural behaviour were calculated in SAFIR using beam elements for the columns and beams and shell elements for the floor slabs. The first floor was modelled and the effects of action from the upper storeys are applied as external loads. It is shown how the numerical analysis allows understanding the behaviour of the structure when exposed to a natural fire until complete cooling by analysing the evolution of displacements, the distributions of bending moments in the beams, the membrane forces in the slab, and the stresses in the elements. All this detailed information would not be available from an experimental test. [less ▲]

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See detailSensitivity of structures to fire decay phases: quantitative comparison of structural components made of different materials
Gernay, Thomas ULg

in Wald, F.; Burgess, I.; Jelcic Rukavina, M. (Eds.) et al Proceedings of the Int. Conf. ASFE in Dubrovnik, 15-16 October 2015 (2015, October 16)

This work presents an analysis of the behaviour of different structural members under natural fires, with the aim to characterize their sensitivity to the fire decay phase. Thermo-mechanical numerical ... [more ▼]

This work presents an analysis of the behaviour of different structural members under natural fires, with the aim to characterize their sensitivity to the fire decay phase. Thermo-mechanical numerical simulations based on the non-linear finite element method are conducted using the parametric fire model of Eurocode to represent the natural fires. Results show that, for all the studied members (column, beam) and materials (reinforced concrete, steel, timber), structural failure during or after the cooling phase of a fire is a possible event. The major factors that promote delayed structural failure are the thermal inertia and the constituting material of the member. An indicator is proposed to quantify the propensity to delayed failure for structural members under natural fire. This work enhances the understanding of the structural behaviour under natural fires and has implications for the safety of the fire brigades and people proceeding to a building inspection after a fire. [less ▲]

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See detailA performance indicator for structures under natural fire
Gernay, Thomas ULg; Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg

in Engineering Structures (2015), 100

Fires in buildings are characterized by a heating phase followed by a cooling phase, yet the effects of the latter on structures are not well covered in the current approaches to structural fire ... [more ▼]

Fires in buildings are characterized by a heating phase followed by a cooling phase, yet the effects of the latter on structures are not well covered in the current approaches to structural fire engineering. Indeed the actual requirement of non-occurrence of structural failure at peak temperature does not guarantee against a delayed failure during or after the cooling phase of a fire, which puts at risk the fire brigades and people proceeding to a building inspection after a fire. Therefore there is an urgent need to better comprehend and characterize the materials and structures behavior under decreasing temperatures. Sensitivity to delayed failure of a structural component depends on its typology and constituting materials. In particular, two structural components with the same Fire Resistance rating (R) under standardized fire may exhibit very distinct behavior under natural fire, one of them being more prone to delayed failure than the other. With the aim of quantifying this effect, a new indicator is proposed that characterizes the performance of structures under natural fire conditions. The paper presents the methodology to derive this new indicator as well as results for different typologies of structural components. Parametric analyses highlight the prime influence of constitutive material and thermal inertia of the element on the post-peak behavior. Used in conjunction with the Fire Resistance rating, it is shown how the new indicator carries additional and significant information for classifying structural systems in terms of their fire performance and propensity to delayed failure. [less ▲]

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See detailTools for Measuring a City’s Resilience in a Fire Following Earthquake Scenario
Elhami Khorasani, Negar; Gernay, Thomas ULg; Garlock, Maria

in Proceedings of IABSE Conference - Structural Engineering: Providing Solutions to Global Challenges (2015, September 25)

The paper provides a framework to evaluate the response of buildings in a community subject to fire following earthquake. First, a model is developed to determine the probability of ignition in buildings ... [more ▼]

The paper provides a framework to evaluate the response of buildings in a community subject to fire following earthquake. First, a model is developed to determine the probability of ignition in buildings of a community due to an earthquake. Second, fragility functions are developed for buildings subject to fire, to quantify the structural damage and the expected losses. The ignition model, combined with the fragility functions, can be implemented in a GIS based risk management platform to evaluate economical losses in a region from fire following an earthquake. [less ▲]

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See detailFragility Analysis of a Steel Building in Fire
Gernay, Thomas ULg; Elhami Khorasani, Negar; Garlock, Maria

in Usmani, Asif; Lu, Yong; Das, Purnendu (Eds.) Proceedings of the First International Conference on Structural Safety under Fire & Blast - CONFAB 2015 (2015, September 03)

Community resilience to extreme events is an issue of increasing concern in our interconnected and urbanized societies. This work provides a framework to evaluate the response of a community of buildings ... [more ▼]

Community resilience to extreme events is an issue of increasing concern in our interconnected and urbanized societies. This work provides a framework to evaluate the response of a community of buildings to fire following earthquake, a potentially highly destructive cascading multi-hazard event. In a previous part of the work, a model has been developed to predict the probability of ignition in a building due to an earthquake. Given an ignition in a building, the probability of the structure exceeding certain limit states must be evaluated in order to quantify the expected damage loss. Adopting an approach similar to that used in seismic engineering, fragility functions can be developed for structures subjected to fire. The methodology is described here for a prototype nine-story steel frame building. In developing the fragility functions, uncertainties in the fire model, the heat transfer model and the thermo-mechanical response are considered. In addition several fire scenarios at different locations in the building are studied. The demand on and capacity of the system are assessed probabilistically in terms of critical temperature. The developed fire fragility functions yield the probability of exceedance of predefined damage states as a function of the fire load in the building. Future works will aim to implement fire fragility functions into a GIS based risk assessment software platform for assessment of the expected risk and cost associated with fire following earthquake for a community of buildings. [less ▲]

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See detailSAFIR: Capabilities and examples of applications
Gernay, Thomas ULg; Scifo, Anthony ULg; Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg

Report (2015)

This document presents the capabilities of the software SAFIR, as well as examples of applications. SAFIR is a computer program that models the behavior of building structures subjected to fire. The ... [more ▼]

This document presents the capabilities of the software SAFIR, as well as examples of applications. SAFIR is a computer program that models the behavior of building structures subjected to fire. The structure can be made of a 3D skeleton of linear elements such as beams and columns, in conjunction with planar elements such as slabs and walls. Volumetric elements can be used for analysis of details in the structure such as connections. Different materials such as steel, concrete, timber, aluminum, gypsum or thermally insulating products can be used separately or in combination in the model. [less ▲]

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See detailResiliency of a Community of Buildings to Fire Following Earthquake
Gernay, Thomas ULg; Elhami Khorasani, Negar; Garlock, Maria

Conference (2015, June 19)

Cascading multi-hazard events, such as fires following an earthquake, can trigger progressive collapse of structures. In cascading earthquake and fire events, buildings that may have already experienced ... [more ▼]

Cascading multi-hazard events, such as fires following an earthquake, can trigger progressive collapse of structures. In cascading earthquake and fire events, buildings that may have already experienced damage due to a primary earthquake hazard, should cope with a secondary extreme event. This work provides a methodology to evaluate the risk of fire ignitions after an earthquake and building responses in a community. The work has two components: In the first part, a model is developed for predicting the probability of ignition in a building due to an earthquake. This probabilistic model relies on the data from seven significant earthquakes that took place in the U.S. between 1983 and 2014. The main parameters influencing the probability of ignition are found to be the peak ground acceleration, the type of building material, and the main features of the environment in which the buildings are located (i.e. the total square footage and the population density). In the second part of this work, fragility curves are developed for performance of structures under fire, to quantify the probability of exceeding a damage state given a fire scenario. The probabilistic ignition model is implemented in Ergo/Maeviz, a GIS based risk assessment software platform developed at the Mid-America Earthquake Center at UIUC. Ergo/Maeviz provides the probability of ignition after an earthquake for each building in a region of study, and the overall risk for the community. The developed package in Ergo/Maeviz is validated against number of historical fire following earthquake events. For the future work, the developed fragility curves for buildings under fire will be implemented in Ergo/Maeviz to integrate the probability of ignition and possible damage states of the buildings. This research integrates multi-hazard analysis and risk management to plan mitigation and recovery strategies, and to obtain resilient communities. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacteristics and implementation of Hybrid Fire Testing (HFT)
Sauca, Ana ULg; Gernay, Thomas ULg; Robert, Fabienne et al

Conference (2015, June 18)

This presentation is dedicated to real time hybrid testing of building members subjected to the action of fire. It will be shown why, whereas pseudo-dynamic testing is possible in other fields, real time ... [more ▼]

This presentation is dedicated to real time hybrid testing of building members subjected to the action of fire. It will be shown why, whereas pseudo-dynamic testing is possible in other fields, real time hybrid testing is the only possible option for the evaluation of fire performance (except, perhaps, for pure metallic unprotected structures). For some structures subjected to fire, the load bearing mechanism in the physical component is completely modified during the test and this modification can take place within a very short period of time. Because of that, the computational demand can be very challenging if the simulated element is simulated in a fully nonlinear computer model, especially if the thermal problem (temperature distribution in the structure) and the mechanical problem have both to be solved within each time step. In order to avoid these difficulties, a possible solution may be to calculate the stiffness matrix that dictates the reaction of the simulated element on the tested element before the test. This matrix can be constant or vary as a function of the displacements measured at the interface during the test. This procedure is very robust but it also has some shortcomings and limitations. The main topic of this paper is the discussion of the advantages and limitations of this procedure applied to hybrid fire testing. A series of three tests which is now under preparation to be performed in the furnace PROMETHEE of CERIB, in France, will also be described in this respect. Preliminary results will be presented if some or all of the tests have been performed at the date of the conference. [less ▲]

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See detailBuilding Structures in Fire: Insights from Numerical Models
Gernay, Thomas ULg

Scientific conference (2015, March 06)

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See detailA plastic-damage model for concrete in fire: Applications in structural fire engineering
Gernay, Thomas ULg; Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg

in Fire Safety Journal (2015), 71

The research aims at developing a new multiaxial constitutive model for concrete in the fire situation. In addition to validity at the material level, a crucial feature of a constitutive model is the ... [more ▼]

The research aims at developing a new multiaxial constitutive model for concrete in the fire situation. In addition to validity at the material level, a crucial feature of a constitutive model is the applicability at the structural level; yet for concrete in fire there remains a serious lack of models combining reliability and robustness. The theoretical aspects and validation of the new model, which rely on a plastic-damage formulation, have been the subject of a former publication; they are briefly summarized here. This paper explores the capabilities of the concrete model for being used in a performance-based structural fire engineering framework. Several examples of numerical simulations by non-linear finite element method are discussed, with emphasis on practical applications that are demanding for the material model. In particular, it is shown that the simulations using the new concrete model succeed in capturing, at ambient temperature, the crack pattern in a plain concrete specimen and the influence of the loading path on reinforced concrete (RC) slabs. At high temperature, the presented applications include a RC slab subjected to furnace fire and a large-scale composite steel–concrete structure subjected to natural fire. In the numerical analyses, no parameter calibration was required on the particular concrete type, except for the uniaxial strengths and tensile crack energy which are to be defined case-by-case. The results illustrate the reliability and numerical robustness of the model. Also, they suggest that satisfactory prediction of structural behavior in fire can be obtained when no additional data is available on the specific properties of the particular concrete mix that is used in the project, as is often the case in practice, by using standard values of parameters. [less ▲]

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See detailSimulation of 5 fire tests on reinforced concrete columns using SAFIR
Gernay, Thomas ULg; Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg

Report (2015)

This report presents the results of numerical simulations on five tests conducted on reinforced concrete columns in fire. The data for the studied RC columns have been provided by the CERIB in the ... [more ▼]

This report presents the results of numerical simulations on five tests conducted on reinforced concrete columns in fire. The data for the studied RC columns have been provided by the CERIB in the document “CEN-TC250-SC2-WG1-TG5_N0043_Annex_C_examples_Jesper_Jensen”. This study is part of the research project CEN-TC250-SC2-WG1-TG5 on the revision of EN1992-1-2, which focuses on the columns. The numerical software that is used for the simulations is the non-linear finite element software SAFIR, version 2013a0. [less ▲]

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