REACTION OF R/C SLABS CROSS-SECTIONS TO FIRE, Calculation of simplified substitute temperature loads induced by an unsteady heat flow

Robert Kowalski, Marian Abramowicz, Paweł Chudzik


An important issue in advanced analysis of reinforced concrete structures exposed to fire is to determine the response of structural elements (cross-sections) to the effect of high temperature. The unsteady heat flow results in a nonlinear temperature distribution. In practical structural calculations performed by simplified computer programs the average temperature value and the appropriate temperature gradient are used. This paper presents substitute values of these parameters and detailed analysis of nonlinear temperature distribution in 20, 25, 30 cm thick reinforced concrete slabs exposed to one-sided standard fire.


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