STRUCTURAL FIRE BEHAVIOUR OF Z PURLINS

Ivo Schwarz, Martin Slatinka, Michal Jandera

Abstract


Cold-formed sections are very common and efficient as secondary load-caring structural members. But the current European design standard EN 1993-1-2 sets the limiting temperature for the Class 4 sections to 350°C which is generallyvery conservative approach.This paper is focused on the thin-walled profilebehaviourin case offire. In particular, the paper describes transition from the beam to fibre behaviour of a Z purlin. A sophisticated shell element FE model is shown and compared to the test. Later, a more practical (Engineering) model neglecting the bending stiffness entirely is made and compared to the previous results. The conclusions show, that such simplified description of real behaviour is possible to be used after the bending capacity of the member is exceeded and predicts the forces to connection well.

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