Real Fires, Real Structures: Exploring the fire performance of concrete structures

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Date:Wednesday 05 September 2018
Time:17:30 - 20:00

The Institution of Structural Engineers
International HQ
47-58 Bastwick Street


In the last 18-months there have been two notable fires in concrete structures at Grenfell Tower and the Liverpool Arena car park. In both of these cases the concrete structure has performed well, far exceeding the fire resistance period for which they had been designed. This evening seminar will discuss the nature of these fires and how their development compares to the standards currently required in the building regulations. Concrete is an inert material that does not burn – this seminar will present the inherent fire resistant properties of concrete that ensured that structural stability was maintained through both these fires.

Delegates attending the seminar will gain insight into the performance of concrete structures, with reference to how they would be expected to perform when  designed to modern codes of practice. Delegates will also hear the latest developments in what should be considered for structural fire safety during the different stages of the RIBA Plan of Works.

The evening will include the announcement of the winners of The Concrete Centre Structural Concrete Student Competition 2018 sponsored by Laing O’Rourke. All delegates will also receive a copy of our recently updated Concrete and Fire Safety guide and the latest issue of Concrete Quarterly magazine.


18:20 Real fires, Real structures, Tony Jones, Principal Structural Engineer, The Concrete Centre 
19:00 The RIBA Plan of Work for Structural Fire Safety, Paul Bussey, Technical Design, AHMM


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