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Performance-Based Design for Fire Safety

Event code: 78051

The spread of fire can be minimised by sub-dividing buildings into a number compartments made of fire-resisting construction materials. It is important to understand how these construction materials behave under high heat so that a good fire resistance enclosure can be designed.


This workshop aims to provide participants an understanding of ways to minimise the risk of fire spread within a building by the concept of fire enclosure, fire severity assessment and performance-based design building structures.


At the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  1. Understand the performance-based design and prescriptive requirement of fire resistance and compartmentation
  2. Learn the different stages of fire development and traveling fire methodology
  3. Know the analytical tools of performance-based fire severity assessment
  4. Discuss the properties of structural materials and effects of heat on these materials

Enclosure Fire Development

Introduction and Design Consideration

  • Performance based design
  • UK and Singapore perspective
  • Prescriptive requirement of fire resistance and compartmentation

Fire Development

  • Localized, pre- and post-flashover
  • Standard, typical and experimental fire curves 
  • Analytical tools – zone models and field models
  • Parametric fire curve

External fire spread

  • External wall construction
  • Unprotected area
  • Example

Travelling fire

  • Typical fire scenarios
  • Travelling fire methodology

Fire Severity Assessment and Structural Performance in Fire

Thermal Transfer Assessment

  • 1-D / 2-D heat transfer analysis
  • Convective and radiative heat consideration
  • Simplified heat transfer in steel structures
  • Case study

Performance-based Fire Severity Assessment

  • Equivalent Time of Fire Exposure (EN1991:Part 1.2)
  • Parametric fire & effect on structural elements
  • Estimating fire resistance requirement using Parametric fire curve
  • Risk Consideration
  • Eurocode and UK perspective
  • Case study

Thermal and Structural Response – Steel & Composite structures

  • EN 1993:Part 1.2, EN 1995:Part 1.2
  • Strength Retention factor, design temperature, limiting temperature
  • Load ratio approach
  • Case study

Thermal and Structural Response – Concrete structures

  • EN 1992:Part 1.2
  • Strength retention, effect of concrete cover
  • load ratio approach
  • Case study

• Architects
• Design Engineers
• Fire Safety Engineers
• Mechanical Engineers


7th Run: 26 & 27 Aug 2019
8th Run: To be advised
Duration: 2 days
Time: 9.00am to 6.00pm
Venue: BCA Academy
Fee (incl of GST): S$850.00
Refreshments will be provided.

PEB: Pending
SCDF (for Fire Safety Engineers): Pending

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