Full Session with Abstracts
The current design requirements for passive fire protection of steel assemblies, as per prescriptive approaches, are governed by the results of the standard fire resistance test, while the design process does not involve structural engineers. There has been a paradigm shift in design philosophy in recent years towards performance-based design for safer and more cost-effective solutions, especially for more complex architectural configurations. The ASCE 7-16 Appendix E and the soon-to-be-released Manual of Practice are examples of recent progress towards formalizing performance-based design. This approach takes fire as a loading scenario and requires engineers to calculate structure’s performance under realistic fire scenarios. This presentation will provide an overview of the approaches taken in teaching fundamentals of steel design at elevated temperatures as part of the CIE522: Structures in Fire Engineering course at the University at Buffalo. The course is offered at the graduate level, while senior students can take the course with permission from the instructor. A discussion on the benefits of including a case study and the type of covered projects in the course will be provided. Finally, students’ perception on structural fire engineering before and after taking the course and their feedbacks through a questionnaire will be presented.