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Experimental and numerical analyses of aluminium frames exposed to fire conditions

J. Maljaars1, F. Soetens1, 2
1 TNO Built Environment and Geosciences, Delft, the Netherlands
2 Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, the Netherlands

Design models are required to assess the behaviour in fire of aluminium structures. These models need to be validated by comparison with test. Up to now tests results are only available for (small scale) individual aluminium components. This paper provides the results of tests carried out on aluminium frames. A finite element model in combination with a sophisticated constitutive model are used to simulate the tests. The results of the simulations agree with that of the tests at room and elevated temperatures.

Key words: Fire design, fire safety engineering, structural design, creep, elevated temperature