Master of Science in Engineering (MSE)
Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Reinforced concrete structures are typically considered to have inherent resistance to fire. However, several concrete structures around the world have experienced partial or total collapse under fire. Reinforced concrete flat-plate is a type of structural system widely used for office and residential buildings. Flat plate construction is prone to punching shear failure at slab-column connections which may lead to a catastrophic progressive collapse. The slabs of flat-plates generally have very thin concrete cover leaving steel reinforcement more sensitive to thermal loads. Little is known in the engineering community about the structural performance of flat-plate structures subjected to fire. Through a detailed nonlinear finite element analysis, this study will examine the internal force and deformation redistribution characteristics of flat-plate structure under fire. Insights gained from this study will create knowledge needed to improve fire-resistant design of flat-plate buildings.
Buildings; Reinforced concrete – Fires and fire prevention; Concrete; Fires; Flat Plate; Punching Shear
Architectural Engineering | Civil Engineering | Structural Engineering
George, Sara Jean, "Structural Performance of Reinforced Concrete Flat Plat Buildings Subjected to Fire" (2012). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 1567.