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Stainless steel structures in fire

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Title: Stainless steel structures in fire
Authors: Gardner, L
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: The initial material cost of structural stainless steel is about four times that of structural carbon steel, largely owing to the expense of the alloying elements and the relatively low volume of production. Given broadly similar structural performance, additional areas of benefit need to be identified and exploited in order to establish stainless steel as a viable alternative material for construction. In addition to the familiar benefits of corrosion resistance, low maintenance, high residual value and aesthetics, one such area is fire resistance. Stainless steel generally displays superior strength and stiffness retention at elevated temperature when compared to carbon steel, but also exhibits greater thermal expansion. The current paper describes experimental, numerical and analytical investigations into the elevated temperature response of stainless steel structures. Comparisons are made with the behaviour of carbon steel structures in fire and proposals for improved structural fire resistant design guidance for stainless steel are described.
Issue Date: 1-Jun-2007
Date of Acceptance: 1-Jun-2007
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/41919
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1680/stbu.2007.160.3.129
ISSN: 0965-0911
Publisher: Thomas Telford (ICE Publishing)
Start Page: 129
End Page: 138
Journal / Book Title: Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Structures and Buildings
Volume: 160
Issue: 3
Copyright Statement: © 2007 Thomas Telford Ltd. Original article available at https://dx.doi.org/10.1680/stbu.2007.160.3.129. Permission is granted by ICE Publishing to print one copy for personal use. Any other use of these PDF files is subject to reprint fees.
Keywords: Science & Technology
Construction & Building Technology
Engineering, Civil
codes of practice & standards
fire engineering
steel structures
0905 Civil Engineering
Publication Status: Published
Appears in Collections:Civil and Environmental Engineering
Faculty of Engineering