Fire-Induced Concrete Spalling - The End of the Beginning


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The nature of concrete-based structures means that they generally perform very well in fire, however; concrete is fundamentally a complex material and its properties can change dramatically when exposed to high temperatures. The principal effects of fire on concrete are a loss of compressive strength, and spalling - the forcible ejection of material from the surface of a member.

Dr Cristian Maluk discusses the following topics:

  • Fire Safety Strategy.
  • Concrete's reputation to perform well under an extreme fire event.
  • Structual fire reseach.
  • How are fire safe concrete structures designed.
  • Cracks caused by corroding reinforcing bars.
  • Fire-induced concrete spalling.
  • Influencing factors
  • Future of the concrete industry
  • Fire reinforced polymers
  • Large-Scale Fire Resistance Tests
  • Inclusion of Polypropylene fibres and common misperceptions
Presenter: Dr Cristian Maluk l ETH Zurich

Dr Cristián Maluk is a Senior Lecturer of Civil Engineering. His background is in structural fire engineering and in the broader scope of fire safety science. His research interests are in the fire performance of building construction materials and the resilience of structural systems during and after fire. Cristian has coordinated and contribute towards research studies in the fire safe design of structural concrete systems prestressed with fibre reinforced polymer tendons, heat-induced concrete spalling, performance of intumescent coatings under non-standard heating regimes, and developing novel fire testing methods.

Total viewing time - 37 min

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