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See detailSteel hollow columns with an internal profile filled with self-compacting concrete under fire conditions
Chu, Thi Binh; Gernay, Thomas ULg; Dotreppe, Jean-Claude ULg et al

in Proceeding of the Romanian Academy. Series A, Mathematics, Physics, Technical Sciences, Information Science (in press)

A detailed experimental and numerical investigation has been performed on the behavior under fire conditions of concrete filled steel hollow section (CFSHS) columns. In this study the internal ... [more ▼]

A detailed experimental and numerical investigation has been performed on the behavior under fire conditions of concrete filled steel hollow section (CFSHS) columns. In this study the internal reinforcement consists of another profile (tube or H section) being embedded with the concrete, and filling is realized by self-compacting concrete (SCC). Ten columns filled with self-compacting concrete embedding another steel profile have been tested in the Fire Testing Laboratory of the University of Liege, Belgium. Numerical simulations on the thermal and structural behavior of these elements have been made using the non linear finite element software SAFIR developed at the University of Liege. There is a rather good agreement between numerical and experimental results, which can be slightly improved by using the ETC (Explicit Transient Creep) model incorporated in SAFIR. This shows that numerical analyses can predict well the behavior of CFSHS columns under fire conditions. The properties at high temperatures of self-compacting concrete are considered the same as those of ordinary concrete. [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

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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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See detailA model for concrete in the fire situation and its application in structural fire engineering
Gernay, Thomas ULg

Scientific conference (2014, October 21)

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See detailRevision of the tabulated methods of EN1992-1-2 for concrete columns in fire - Part 2
Gernay, Thomas ULg; Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg

Report (2014)

This report presents the results of numerical simulations conducted on reinforced concrete columns in fire for comparison of the computed fire resistance with the fire resistance obtained by the tabulated ... [more ▼]

This report presents the results of numerical simulations conducted on reinforced concrete columns in fire for comparison of the computed fire resistance with the fire resistance obtained by the tabulated methods of EN1992-1-2. The data for the studied RC columns have been provided by the CERIB in the document “CENTC250-SC2-WG1-TG5_N0038_Column_Calculation”. This study is part of the research project CEN-TC250-SC2-WG1-TG5. The objective is to assess the validity of and possibly to revise the tabulated methods of EN1992-1-2. The numerical software that is used for the simulations is the non-linear finite element software SAFIR, version 2013a0. [less ▲]

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See detailRevision of the tabulated methods of EN1992-1-2 for concrete columns in fire - Part 1
Gernay, Thomas ULg; Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg

Report (2014)

This report presents the results of numerical simulations conducted on reinforced concrete columns in fire for comparison of the computed fire resistance with the fire resistance obtained by the tabulated ... [more ▼]

This report presents the results of numerical simulations conducted on reinforced concrete columns in fire for comparison of the computed fire resistance with the fire resistance obtained by the tabulated methods of EN1992-1-2. The data for the studied RC columns have been provided by the CERIB in the document “CENTC250-SC2-WG1-TG5_N0037_Annex_C_studies_Jesper_Jensen”. This study is part of the research project CEN-TC250-SC2-WG1-TG5. The objective is to assess the validity of and possibly to revise the tabulated methods of EN1992-1-2. The numerical software that is used for the simulations is the non-linear finite element software SAFIR, version 2013a0. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental tests and numerical modelling on eight slender steel columns under increasing temperatures
Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg; Zhao, Bin; Gernay, Thomas ULg

in Li, G.Q.; Jiang, S.C.; Chen, Suwen (Eds.) et al Progress on Safety of Structures in Fire (2014, June 11)

In order to fill the lack of knowledge about slender elements behavior at elevated temperatures,, a European research project called FIDESC4 has been funded by the RFCS. This project involves experimental ... [more ▼]

In order to fill the lack of knowledge about slender elements behavior at elevated temperatures,, a European research project called FIDESC4 has been funded by the RFCS. This project involves experimental testing, parametric numerical analyses and development of simple design rules. The present paper reports the characteristics and the results of the FIDESC4 experimental test campaign performed at the University of Liege on slender steel columns at elevated temperatures. A total of eight columns have been tested, all of them with I shape section. Six columns were made of welded sections (some prismatic and some tapered members) and two columns were with hot rolled sections. The nominal length of the columns was 3 meters with the whole length being heated. The strength of the material (webs and flanges) was measured on sample before the tests. The order of magnitude of the initial geometrical imperfections was recorded. The columns were not restrained against longitudinal thermal elongation. The supports at the ends were cylindrical thus inducing a restrain against rotation in one plane while allowing rotation in the other plane. The allowed direction of rotation was chosen in each test to induce buckling around the strong or the weak axis. The load was applied at ambient temperature and maintained for a period of 15 minutes after which the temperature was increased under constant load. The load was applied concentrically on some tests and with an eccentricity in other tests. The load eccentricity was either applied at both ends, leading to constant bending moment distribution along the length, or at one end only, leading to a triangular bending moment distribution. Heating was applied by electrical resistances enclosed in ceramic pads. The columns and the ceramic pads were wrapped in ceramic wool insulating material. This technique was preferred to gas heating in a standard test furnace because it allows applying a slower and better controlled heating rate and thus obtaining a more uniform temperature distribution in the member. It is also easier to measured lateral displacements of the column. Preliminary blank tests were performed on unloaded specimen in order to determine the heating range to be used later on the loaded columns. The paper will also report on a modification of the heating technique that was applied and improved significantly the uniformity in the temperature distribution. Numerical simulations were performed before the tests using shell elements of the software SAFIR and assumed values of the material properties in order to predict the failure modes. It was essentially crucial to determine whether lateral supports at intermediate levels should be provided in order to ensure failure in the desired direction. Experience showed that the failure modes developed as predicted by the numerical simulations. Besides a thorough description of the experiments, the paper will also present the obtained results in terms of failure mode, ultimate temperature and evolution of longitudinal and transverse displacement. Some information will also be given about the level of detail that has to be used in the numerical model in order to get accurate results at a reasonable price. [less ▲]

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See detailL'étude du béton dans le cadre de la sécurité incendie
Gernay, Thomas ULg

Scientific conference (2014, March 14)

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See detailEffective stress method to be used in beam finite elements to take local instabilities into account
Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg; Cowez, Baptiste; Gernay, Thomas ULg

in Proceedings of the 11th IAFSS Symposium (2014, February)

In the fire situation, Bernoulli beam finite elements are the workhorse used in numerical calculation model for simulating the behaviour of the structure. Such finite elements treat all sections as class ... [more ▼]

In the fire situation, Bernoulli beam finite elements are the workhorse used in numerical calculation model for simulating the behaviour of the structure. Such finite elements treat all sections as class 1 (stocky) sections whatever the slenderness of the plates that make the section, allowing the development of a full plastic stress distribution in the section which leads to complete plastic redistribution along the members in the structure. This type of element is thus not adapted for modeling structures that contain slender sections of class 2, 3 or 4. This document presents a new approach to take into account local instabilities in slender sections using beam finite elements. The new approach is based on an effective constitutive law of steel. The effective law is not symmetrical with respect to tension and compression because, in tension, the stress-strain relationship is not modified whereas, in compression, the stress-strain relationship is modified. [less ▲]

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See detailA multiaxial constitutive model for concrete in the fire situation: Theoretical formulation.
Gernay, Thomas ULg; Millard, Alain; Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg

in International Journal of Solids and Structures (2013), 50(22-23), 3659-3673

This paper aims to develop a multiaxial concrete model for implementation in finite element softwares dedicated to the analysis of structures in fire. The need for proper concrete model remains a ... [more ▼]

This paper aims to develop a multiaxial concrete model for implementation in finite element softwares dedicated to the analysis of structures in fire. The need for proper concrete model remains a challenging task in structural fire engineering because of the complexity of the concrete mechanical behavior characterization and the severe requirements for the material models raised by the development of performance-based design. A fully threedimensional model is developed based on the combination of elastoplasticity and damage theories. The state of damage in concrete, assumed isotropic, is modeled by means of a fourth order damage tensor to capture the unilateral effect. The concrete model comprises a limited number of parameters that can be identified by three simple tests at ambient temperature. At high temperatures, a generic transient creep model is included to take into account explicitly the effect of transient creep strain. The numerical implementation of the concrete model in a finite element software is presented and a series of numerical simulations are conducted for validation. The concrete behavior is accurately captured in a large range of temperature and stress states. A limitation appears when modeling the concrete post-peak behavior in highly confined stress states, due to the coupling assumption between damage and plasticity, but the considered levels of triaxial confinement are unusual stress states in structural concrete. [less ▲]

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See detailResistencia al fuego de armaduras de acero inoxidable
Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg; Gernay, Thomas ULg

in Bastidas, David M; Medina Sanchez, Eduardo (Eds.) Armaduras de Acero Inoxidable (2013)

Un incendio constituye un riesgo por dos razones, la toxicidad del aire y las altas temperaturas. Dependiendo de si se produce al aire libre o en un recinto cerrado la magnitud del peligro varía ... [more ▼]

Un incendio constituye un riesgo por dos razones, la toxicidad del aire y las altas temperaturas. Dependiendo de si se produce al aire libre o en un recinto cerrado la magnitud del peligro varía notablemente. En el exterior, es poco probable superar los 700ºC, sin embargo, en el interior la temperatura puede llegar a ser mucho más elevada. Infraestructuras críticas son los túneles, además de por ser recintos cerrados, por la naturaleza de los materiales inflamables que albergan. El diseño y la resistencia de los materiales son aspectos claves para garantizar un tiempo suficiente hasta el colapso. Los efectos en las estructuras de hormigón armado empiezan en el propio comportamiento de los materiales. El hormigón pierde menos capacidad a altas temperaturas que el acero, por lo tanto, utilizar aceros con mejores propiedades a altas temperaturas como los inoxidables aumentan las prestaciones del conjunto de la estructura. En este capítulo se describen las características térmicas del acero inoxidable y cómo varían sus características mecánicas en función de la temperatura. Por medio de simulaciones informáticas (software SAFIR de la Universidad de Lieja) se ha realizado un análisis térmico de armaduras de acero inoxidable de diferentes tipos y al carbono, embebidas en hormigón con distintos recubrimientos, en sección de columna y de viga. Finalmente, se ha realizado un análisis estructural de dichos elementos sometidos a diferentes cargas en puntos temporales distintos en condiciones de fuego. [less ▲]

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See detailBâtiments et structures: ne jouons pas avec le feu
Gernay, Thomas ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2013)

The goal of the contest "Ma thèse en 180 secondes" is to summarize and explain you PhD in three minutes to a broad and non-specialized audience. One single slide can be used as a support to the ... [more ▼]

The goal of the contest "Ma thèse en 180 secondes" is to summarize and explain you PhD in three minutes to a broad and non-specialized audience. One single slide can be used as a support to the presentation. [less ▲]

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See detailA multiaxial constitutive model for concrete in the fire situation
Gernay, Thomas ULg; Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg

in Proceedings of the 13th Fire and Materials Conference (2013, January 28)

Performance-based design in fire engineering leads to increasing demand for advanced temperature-dependent material models for the load bearing materials used in building structures. These models must be ... [more ▼]

Performance-based design in fire engineering leads to increasing demand for advanced temperature-dependent material models for the load bearing materials used in building structures. These models must be valid in natural fire situations including cooling down phase and must be sufficiently robust for complex numerical calculations such as, for example, the analysis of tensile membrane action in composite slabs. Although structural concrete is widely used in civil engineering, proper modelling of its thermo-mechanical behaviour remains a challenging issue for engineers mainly because of the complexity of the phenomena that result from the microcracking process in this material and because of the necessity to ensure the numerical robustness of the models. This paper presents a new multiaxial concrete model based on a plastic-damage formulation and developed to meet the specific requirements of structural fire engineers and researchers. The model, which incorporates an explicit term for transient creep strain and encompasses a limited number of material parameters, has been implemented in a finite element software dedicated to the nonlinear analysis of structures in fire. The paper presents a series of numerical simulations conducted to highlight the model ability to capture the main phenomena that develop in concrete under fire (permanent strains, degradation of the elastic properties, unilateral effect) as well as its ability to be used for the fire analysis of large-scale structural elements. As an example, the new concrete model is used in the numerical analysis of a full scale fire test on a composite steel-concrete slab and it is shown that the computed and measured results agree. [less ▲]

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See detailNumerical analysis of partially fire protected composite slabs
Zaharia, Raul; Vulcu, Christian; Vassart, Olivier et al

in Steel and Composite Structures (2013), 14(1), 21-39

The paper presents a numerical investigation, done with the computer program SAFIR, in order to obtain simpler finite element models for representing the behaviour of the partially protected composite ... [more ▼]

The paper presents a numerical investigation, done with the computer program SAFIR, in order to obtain simpler finite element models for representing the behaviour of the partially protected composite steel concrete slabs in fire situation, considering the membrane action. Appropriate understanding and modelling of the particular behaviour of composite slabs allows a safe approach, but also substantial savings on the thermal insulation that has to be applied on the underlying steel structure. The influence of some critical parameters on the behaviour and fire resistance of composite slabs such as the amount of reinforcing steel, the thickness of the slab and the edge conditions is also highlighted. The numerical models are calibrated using the results of three full scale fire tests on composite slabs that have been performed in recent years. [less ▲]

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See detailStructural Behaviour of Concrete Columns under Natural Fires
Gernay, Thomas ULg; Dimia, Mohamed Salah

in Engineering Computations (2013), 30(6), 854-872

Purpose - The paper aims to give an insight into the behavior of reinforced concrete columns during and after the cooling phase of a fire. The study is based on numerical simulations as these tools are ... [more ▼]

Purpose - The paper aims to give an insight into the behavior of reinforced concrete columns during and after the cooling phase of a fire. The study is based on numerical simulations as these tools are frequently used in structural engineering. As the reliability of numerical analysis largely depends on the validity of the constitutive models, the development of a concrete model suitable for natural fire analysis is addressed in the study. Design/methodology/approach - The paper proposes theoretical considerations supported by numerical examples to discuss the capabilities and limitations of different classes of concrete models and eventually to develop a new concrete model that meets the requirements in case of natural fire analysis. Then, the study performs numerical simulations of concrete columns subjected to natural fire using the new concrete model. A parametric analysis allows for determining the main factors that affect the structural behavior in cooling. Findings – Failure of concrete columns during and after the cooling phase of a fire is a possible event. The most critical situations with respect to delayed failure arise for short fires and for columns with low slenderness or massive sections. The concrete model used in the simulations is of prime importance and the use of the Eurocode model would lead to unsafe results. Practical implications – The paper includes implications for the assessment of the fire resistance of concrete elements in a performance-based environment. Originality/value – The paper provides original information about the risk of structural collapse during cooling. [less ▲]

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