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Fire Resistance of Connections in a Composite Floor System (CONFIRE)
Start date: Mar 31, 2013, End date: Mar 30, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

"The overall research goal of this proposal is to investigate and improve the structural fire safety in Europe through better prediction and performance of buildings, bridges and other infrastructures in large urban areas by focusing the fundamental behavior of connections in a composite structural frame and by improving the robustness of connections against fire conditions. Europe has one of the worst fire loss records in the industrialized world as demonstrated by the large number of fire-related deaths and the volume of property destruction. The direct financial cost amounted to €15 billion in 2008 in Europe. The cost for providing fire protection to buildings amounted to €12 billion in 2008. Fire represents one of the most severe environmental hazards for the built infrastructure and it is a particularly dangerous event caused by many other hazards such as earthquake, impact and blast. The specific outcomes are the fundamental knowledge on the fire performance of structures, especially the fire resilience and improvements of structural connections, which provide integrity and stability to the global structure. Therefore, the results of this research intend to mitigate the natural hazard risks, which is one of the funded activities in Environment European Research Area and it is stated as one of the priorities of FP7 2012 call for proposals. The Researcher Dr. Selamet has the necessary expertise and technical skills to achieve these objectives by conducting experiments and state-of-the-art numerical (computational) analyses on existing structures such as buildings, bridges, viaducts, and highway overpasses. The results of this research will greatly contribute to the existing structural fire research and will impact the design of new structures for better fire performance in large cities in Europe."
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