Title Transfert d'innovation aux PME et aux Universités sur l'évalutation de la résistance au feu de planchers collaborants partiellements protégés.
Project Number 2009-1-LU1-LEO05-00219
Project Type Projets de transfert d'innovation
Marketing Text Transfert d'innovation aux PME et aux Universités sur l'évalutation de la résistance au feu de planchers collaborants partiellements protégés.
This is an innovation transfer project, which aims to promote knowledge and design methodology of partially protected composite floor systems between engineers of various European countries in their own language.
The phenomena of behaviour of the partially protected composite floor system in fire have been observed for the first time during the Cardington natural fire test in 1997. Analysis of the unexpected behaviour of the floor and resistance to fire lead to unveiling of membrane action which is activated in the reinforced slab in fire conditions at the moment when the system cannot rely anymore on the resistance of the unprotected secondary steel beams.
At this moment the industry and the academics have good understanding of the behaviour of such a floor system in fire and they are confident to apply only partial protection to the secondary steel elements. Having in hands the knowledge and tools such as design guide and software developed in the FRACOF project it is time to educate design offices and authorities in number of European countries to utilise in their design all the mechanisms activated in this structure in fire conditions. The added value is in the fact that the results of research currently accessible mainly by researchers will be presented to practising engineers throughout the Europe. Applying this new calculation method, the Safety of the building in case of fire will be increased ; the construction systems will be more cost effective and it will have an impact on the European construction market.
By translating the design guides and software to local languages the partners will access even broader audience.
Additionally, the partners involved in the project have already experience in fire engineering and they are a good reference in this field in their countries. Finally, introducing the methodology in a big part of Europe at the same time follows the systemised approach represented by Eurocode to promote homogeneous design.
The objective of this project is to Transfer this Innovation to the key players of the construction market (Engineering offices, Authorities, Firemen, contractors...) in order to make them able to use this design method in other European countries, addressing the potential barriers that may exist due to the nature of local building regulations.
The project was divided in 4 steps :
- Realisation of documentation and software about designing of composite floor system with unprotected secondary beams
- Translation of the documentation and software interface
- Training for partners involved in seminars
- Organisation of the Seminars in the different European countries.
The different documents were realised in English by ArcelorMittal and CTICM:
- A design guide explaining how apply the developed methodologies (document of 57 pages)
- A background document explaining all the laboratory tests performed on membrane action in the last 20 years, summarising all the theoretical development made to define the calculation method (document of 125 pages in hard copy in annex)
- The Software has been prepared to receive new interface’s language
- PowerPoint presentations has been realised to present the different documents and the design methodology.
A Copy in English of theses documents will be provided in annex.
Then the different partners have translated the documents in their national languages (with some "localisation" on the content to fit with local regulations and local good practice.
A seminar was organised by the different partners:
Romania : Seminar in Timisoara, 23 September 2011. 50 participants
Slovenia : Seminar in Ljubjanna, the 11th and the 18th of April 2011. 43 participants
Spain: Seminar in Bilbao, the 6th of July 2011, 70 participants
Luxembourg : Seminar organised the 26th of May 2011 in Luxembourg Kirchberg. More than 80 people coming from different European countries attended the seminar. The guest speaker was Professor Collin Bailey, dean of the University of Manchester in UK. ANEFORE was represented during this meeting.
Czech Republic : Seminar in Prague 7th to 9th of February 2011. 123 participants.
Poland: Seminary organised in Warsaw the 14th of June 2011. 120 participants.
Utilisation et diffusion de résultats
Formation ouverte et à distance
Matériel pour l'enseignement
Product information A website was put online with all the products available in different languages for further dissemination http://people.fsv.cvut.cz/www/wald/fire/fracof/index.htm