Engineering Structures under Fire & Blast Loading

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Structural Response Training



The Lecture includes Structural Response under fire. The fundamental fire physics and heat transfer are introduced. The basic fire dynamics principles and the fire load according BS EN 1992-1-2 (standard and parametric fire) are presented in Lecture 6. The effect of elevated temperature on materials will be presented next. Focus will be given on steel and concrete according BS EN 1992-1-2 and the existing literature. Finally, the procedures for fire design of steel structures according BS RC3-1-2 will be presented.


The Lecture includes Structural Response under blast loading. The fundamental of blast loading such as the Principle of the scaling law, blast profile are introduced. The basic design principles in the relevant design guidance such as SCI (1999), TM5-1300(1990) will be also introduced, which include numerical method (classical solution and incremental solution) to solve the structural response; The way to assess the structural response and human response using Iso- Damage diagrams (Pressure-Impulse diagrams); design procedure for steel and reinforced concrete members
under the blast loading. On completion of the course you will be able to apply a sound knowledge of various technologies for checking response of structures under fire and blast loading.


The course is intended for Engineers, Operations’ managers, Applied Scientists and Technologists interested in design & structure under blast loading. Engineers, managers and scientists involved in design, assessment and management of a wide range of engineering structures will also benefit from this course.


Day 1

09.00 – 10.30 Lecture 1: Introduction to Fire Safety Engineering and heat transfer principles – Chrysanthos Maraveas
10.30 – 10.45 Break
10.45 – 12.15 Lecture 2: Fire growth and characterization as a ‘load’ in EN 1991 – 1 – 2 – Chrysanthos Maraveas
12.15 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 15.00 Lecture 3: Mechanical properties of steel and concrete under elevated temperatures – Chrysanthos Maraveas
15.00 – 15.30 Break
15.30 – 17.00 Lecture 4: Prescriptive fire design of steelwork according to EN 1993-1-2 – Chrysanthos Maraveas
Day 2

09.00 – 10.30 Lecture 5: Effects of blast loading on material characteristics – Feng Fu
10.30 – 10.45 Break
10.45 – 12.15 Lecture 6: Blast response analysis using closed form, approximated simplified methods – Feng Fu
12.15 – 13.30 Lunch
13.30 – 15.00 Lecture 7: Numerical modelling for the analysis of structures under blast and pressure impulse diagrams – Feng Fu
15.00 – 15.30 Break
15.30 – 17.00 Lecture 8: Codified Design examples for blast resistant structures. – Feng Fu
17.00 Closure

CVs of Lecturers:

Feng Fu, Ph.D. MBA, CEng, MIStructE, MICE, MASCE, FHEA is a Chartered Structural Engineer, Member of Institution of Structural Engineers, Member of Institution of Civil Engineers and Member of American Society of Civil Engineering. He is also a committee member of Disproportionate Collapse Mitigation of Building Structure Standards and Blast Protection of Building Standard, American Society of Civil Engineers. He is the member of editorial Board, Advances in Computational Design, An International Journal. He is currently a Lecturer in Structural Engineering in City University following his work at university of Bradford for the same position. Prior to that, he worked for several world leading consultancy companies. During his industrial practice, he was involved in the design of extensive prestigious construction projects worldwide, such as Shard, the currently tallest building in Europe and gained extensive experience in designing buildings under extreme loadings such as blast and fire and the knowledge in designing building to prevent progressive collapse. He has extensive research experience in the area of progressive collapse, structural fire analysis and blast analysis of tall buildings and long span structures. He also conducted his research in the area of Tensegrity structures and steel and composite structures. He specialized in advanced numerical modelling and developed several modelling programs using different languages. He is currently supervising 4 Ph.D. students. He is also a peer reviewer for 18 international journals and 4 books of international renowned publishers. He published more than 30 technical papers and two text books 1. Feng Fu, “Advanced Modelling Techniques in Structural Design, ISBN: 978-1-118-82543-3, 288 pages, May 2015, Wiley-Blackwell. 2. Feng Fu, “Structural Analysis and Design to Prevent Disproportionate Collapse”, March 10, 2016 Forthcoming by CRC Press, ISBN 9781498706797

Chrysanthos Maraveas, DiplEng, MSc, MSc, DIC, PhD, MICE, CEng received his PhD from the University of Manchester on Structural Fire Engineering. He is member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and Chartered Engineer in UK and Greece. He is member of several associations like IABSE, ASCE etc. He is structural engineering consultant for more than 17 years and he has a wide experience on most types of structures (buildings and bridges). He has work on projects in UK, Greece, Cyprus and Middle East. He has published more than 40 research papers on structural fire engineering. He is member of six Editorial Boards of International Journals. Selected publications are: Maraveas, C., Miamis, K. and Vrakas, A.A., Fiber Reinforced Polymer -Strengthened / Reinforced Concrete Structures exposed to fire: A review, Structural Engineering International, Vol. 22, Issue 4, pp 500-513, 2012. Maraveas, C., Wang, Y.C. and Swailes, T., Thermal and Mechanical properties of 19th century fireproof flooring systems at elevated temperatures, Construction and Building Materials, Vol. 48, pp 248- 264, November 2013. Maraveas, C., Vrakas, A.A., Design of concrete tunnel linings for fire safety, Structural Engineering International, Vol. 24, Issue 3, pp 319-329, 2014. Maraveas, C., Wang, Y.C., Swailes, T. and Sotiriadis, G., An Experimental Investigation of Mechanical Properties of Structural Cast Iron at Elevated Temperatures and after Cooling Down, Fire Safety Journal, Vol. 71, pp 340-352, January 2015. Maraveas, C., Miamis, K. and Mathew, C.E., Performance of Timber Connections Exposed to Fire: A Review, Fire Technology, Vol. 51, Issue 6, pp 1401- 1432 2015. Maraveas, C., Tsavdaridis, K.D., Nadjai, A., Fire resistance of unprotected Ultra Shallow Floor Beams: A numerical investigation, Fire Technology, 2015.



Duration: 2 Days

Cost: £650

Structural Response under Fire & Blast Loading training Aberdeen, Inverness, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dunfermline and other sites throughout the UK including onsite closed company courses are available.

Structural Response under Fire & Blast Loading training  Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, India, Ghana and Nigeria is also available.

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