1University of São Paulo State, Brazil
2Laboratory of Wood and Timber Structures, University of São Paulo, Brazil
*Corresponding author: Julio Cesar Molina, College of Timber Industrial Engineering, University of São Paulo State, Brazil
Submission: June 09, 2018; Published: August 24, 2018
ISSN 2639-0574Volume2 Issue1
The evaluation of structural elements in fire is done through standardized tests in furnaces, which are built specifically for this purpose. The specifications for the tests in this case present some drawbacks such as the consideration of a single test specimen to obtain the response of structural elements. In addition, consider a limited amount of data collected during the tests, and this fact difficult in many cases to evaluation of the element’s resistance at high temperatures. Some drawbacks about the main normative specifications used to perform fire resistance tests of structural elements are presented in this review as well as some comments on the improvements needed to make the standardized fire resistance tests more effective.
Keywords: Fire resistance; Standard fire test; Structural fire performance; Testing specification