Applicability of temperature predicting models to building elements exposed to room fires

T. T. Lie, G. C. Gosselin, A. K. Kim

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Abstract

The validity of mathematical models for the prediction of temperatures attained in a clay brick wall and a protected steel column is examined. For this purpose, test specimens consisting of a clay brick wall and a square hollow steel column, protected with vermiculite board, were exposed to fire in two full scale room burns and the temperatures measured in the specimens. Using existing mathematical models and published thermal properties of the materials of which the test specimens were composed, the temperatures in the specimens were calculated. A comparison between measured and calculated temperatures showed that it is possible to predict the temperatures of the test specimens with relatively high accuracy, in spite of the large temperature fluctuations that occurred during the room burns.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-93
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Applied Fire Science
Volume4
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

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