Modelling of heated composite floor slabs with reference to the Cardington experiments

M. Gillie, Asif Sohail Usmani, M. Rotter, M. O'Connor

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This paper describes a method of modelling composite floor slabs in fire conditions using a stress-resultant approach. The FEAST suite, which consists of two main computer programs is described. The first, SRAS, is designed to model the behaviour of arbitrary orthotropic plate sections at elevated temperatures. The second program, FEAI, interfaces with the finite element package ABAQUS, allowing realistic models of the behaviour of whole structures in fire conditions to be obtained. The paper describes how SRAS was used to analyse the floor slab of the Cardington fire tests and results showing the behaviour of the slab under a variety of loading conditions are presented. The suitability of FEAI as a key component in the analysis of redundant structures under fire conditions is briefly demonstrated. © 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)745-767
Number of pages23
JournalFire Safety Journal
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2001
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality


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