RELATED INDUSTRY RESEARCH
Related Research Projects
Research in industries related to steel deck focuses on advancing the design, performance, and sustainability of steel-based structural systems. Through innovative studies and experiments, researchers aim to enhance the seismic performance, fire resistance, durability, and cost-effectiveness of steel deck applications. This research contributes to the development of cutting-edge technologies, materials, and design methods that drive progress in the construction and manufacturing sectors. By pushing the boundaries of knowledge and exploring new possibilities, these studies play a crucial role in shaping the future of steel deck systems and their impact on the built environment.
This project demonstrates how the newly proposed Appendix 4 to AISI S100 on ‘Structural Design for Fire Conditions’ can be utilized by the metal building industry, showcasing a case study on the structural fire design of cold-formed steel structures. The comprehensive design procedure incorporates performance objectives, heat transfer analyses, and structural evaluations using the Direct Strength Method and finite element modeling. The findings highlight the effectiveness of design by analysis in achieving required performance and showcasing the superior performance of lightly loaded metal building columns compared to the applied fire resistance rating.
Cold-formed steel (CFS) framing offers significant cost benefits, durability, and high strength-to-weight ratio, making it a popular choice for low to mid-rise structures. However, the restricted use of CFS framing for mid to high-rise buildings is due to the lack of full-scale system level test data on seismic and post-earthquake fire response. To address this, a 10-story CFS-framed test building is developed for earthquake and live fire testing, showcasing its structural design and detailing decisions. This building, exceeding the height limitations of ASCE 7 design standards, aims to provide valuable insights for expanding the use of CFS framing in the North American construction industry.