Analysis of restrained composite beams exposed to fire using a hybrid simulation approach

M.A. Khan, L. Jiang, K.A. Cashell, Asif Sohail Usmani

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Obtaining an accurate simulation of the boundary conditions is very challenging but it is essential in order to represent the true behaviour of the whole structure in fire. In recent years, hybrid simulation has been emerging as an efficient and economical method for simulating realistic boundary conditions in the field of earthquake engineering. This technique can be used to study the load redistribution that may occur in a structural system as a result of locally elevated temperatures. In this paper, the fire-exposed element will be modelled in one analysis (a 3D model) and the rest of the structure in another analysis (a 2D model). This kind of sub-structuring enables the behaviour of the structural system as a whole to be studied. A hybrid simulation (HS) approach is presented and successfully implemented using the OpenFresco and OpenSees software. This approach enables the simulation of the correct restraint provided by the cold structure to the fire affected structural element. The HS analysis of a composite beam is compared with an unrestrained or simply supported version to highlight the difference in behaviour. Finally, the Cardington restrained beam test is modelled to demonstrate the potential of HS technique. Good agreement with the test results highlights that HS approach can be an effective method for studying the behaviour of the whole structural system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)956-966
Number of pages11
JournalEngineering Structures
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018


  • Multiple scale modelling
  • OpenSees
  • Structure in fire
  • Thermo-mechanical analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering


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