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Second Mini-Symposium and Workshop on Design for Fire Resistance in Structures.
Recent large fires in residential and industrial complexes across the region and nation have triggered a need for education about fire safety in building design, construction and maintenance.
This two-day symposium will focus on the theoretical and practical aspects of fire engineering in relation to structural stability in fire. The speakers will initiate an introduction to the concepts of fire engineering of structures and safety, and will present recent technological advancements. The response of steel and concrete structures during fire, including transportation structures, will be discussed, along with strategies for enhancing their fire performance.
The symposium will focus on the design, behavior and analytical modeling of structural systems under extreme fire conditions and material properties at elevated temperatures. Guidelines for enhancing the fire resistance of structural systems will be presented. The latest philosophies in performance-based fire safety design and analysis of structures in fire will be presented along with evidence from real building fires.
Changes due to elevated temperatures in the mechanical properties of construction materials, such as steel, concrete and advanced engineered materials such as fiber reinforced polymers (FRP) used in strengthening structural materials, will be discussed. The effect on design of structures with such changes in the material properties at elevated temperatures will be covered.
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The objective of this symposium is to teach participants about the behavior and analytical modeling of structural systems under extreme fire conditions and material properties at elevated temperatures.
- Symposium opening, objectives and introductions
- Mechanical properties of FRP composite materials under elevated temperatures
- Evaluating fire resistance of concrete structures
- Introduction to fire safety design
- Fire hazard in transportation structures
- Modeling fire performance of concrete beams reinforced with FRP rods
- Performance-based design: Case studies from the UAE
- Thermal analysis using ANSYS
- Evaluating fire resistance of steel structures
- Post 9-11 construction in US for enhanced fire safety
- Fire protection of tensile rods and cables
- FE simulation of high temperature deformation for steel structures under impact
There are no prerequisites to attend this symposium except a basic understanding of building design and construction.
Who Should Attend
- Practicing design engineers: Government and private
- Faculty members of engineering and architecture colleges
- Research scholars and post-graduate students of the built environment
- Civil, structural, mechanical engineers and architects
- Scientists and officers from government R&D organizations and ministries
- Government (local/state) regulatory and building officials
The American University of Sharjah College of Engineering will issue a certificate of completion for delegates who attend the entire symposium.
Mini-Symposium and Workshop on Design for Fire Resistance in Structures.
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Day 1 is open to the public. It is free of charge. For attendance confirmation please email to Ms. Lenita Percival email@example.com till May 1, 2014.
Day 2 is a workshop day. The registration fee is $300 (AED 1100).
Co-sponsoring the Mini-Symposium and Workshop on Design for Fire Resistance in Structures is possible at a minimum of AED 15,000.
Following are the benefits of co-sponsoring the symposium:
- The company name and logo of appropriate sizes will be published as a co-sponsor in all the symposium's publicity materials.
- Up to seven delegates from the sponsoring company may attend the mini-symposium and workshop free of charge.
- A booth with the required fittings or two tables and four chairs can be provided at the symposium rotunda.
- The company name and logo will be displayed on the symposium banners and website.
About the Presenters
Dr. Venkatesh Kodur
Dr. Venkatesh Kodur is a Professor and Director of the Center on Structural Fire Engineering and Diagnostics at Michigan State University. His research interests include evaluation of fire resistance of structural systems through large-scale fire experiments and numerical modeling and characterization of materials under high temperature. His research contributions have led to the development of a fundamental understanding on the fire behavior of material and structural systems and also resulted in numerous design approaches and innovative and cost-effective solutions for enhancing fire-resistance of structural systems. He has published over 250 peer-reviewed papers in journals and conference proceedings, and has given numerous invited keynote presentations. Professor Kodur is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and also a Foreign Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering.
He is a professional engineer, Fellow of American Society of Civil Engineers, Fellow of American Concrete Institute, Associate Editor of Journal of Structural Engineering, Chairman of ACI Fire Protection Committee, Chairman of ASCE-29 (Fire) Standards Committee and a member of UK-EPSRC College of Reviewers. He has won many awards including AISC Faculty Fellowship Award, MSU Distinguished Faculty Award, NRCC (Government of Canada) Outstanding Achievement Award and NATO Award for collaborative research. Dr. Kodur was part of the FEMA/ASCE Building Performance Assessment Team that studied the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings in New York as a result of the September 11, 2001 incidents.
Dr. Susan Lamont
Dr. Susan Lamont, CEng MSFPE, is an Associate Director at Arup Gulf Ltd. Dr. Lamont has worked in the fire protection industry for 12 years in the UK, US and Middle East. She is a chartered engineer and professional member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE). Her doctorate research looked at the response of composite steel frame structures in real post-flashover fires. Since joining Arup, she has worked on a diverse range of projects from large assembly buildings, hospitals, schools, shopping malls and offices to master plans and transport hubs. Her role on many projects is to guide the developer/owner through fire safety design, testing and commissioning to occupation and wherever possible to fire safety management of the completed building. She is currently leader of the fire engineering team for Arup in the Middle East. She works closely with her clients and the local authorities in the Gulf to maintain a high level of fire safety in new and existing buildings.
Mr. Peter Scott
Mr. Peter Scott CEng MIStructE MIFireE is International Paint's Structural Engineering Manager, specialising in the design of steel structures in fire for both the cellulosic and hydrocarbon situation. Peter is a Chartered Structural Engineer with the Institution of Structural Engineers and a Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers. He has over 20 years of experience in designing and building of structures, design of structures in fire and passive fire protection and is involved in several research and development projects for protection of steel in fire.
Dr. Haydar Yasir
Dr. Haydar Yasir is the Technical manager of Bin Ghurair Trading (BGT) (part of Middle East Insulations group MEI); Dubai. He gets his PhD degree in advance construction materials from Monash University, Australia in 2012. After more than 10 years in construction industry as a designer and project manager, he decides to join the manufacturing field through Middle East insulations group. His duty is to make sure that all designs, manufacturing processes and installation activities for the fire rated steel doors is as per the relevant specification and regulations. Also, he is chasing all the new developments and ideas to enhance company's products and activities to keep the group in its superior position in the Middle East market. In addition to his academic degree, he is a charter member (PE) of Engineer Australia, and has many contributions in academic field through conferences and scientific journal papers in advance construction materials.
Dr. Rami Hawileh
Dr. Rami Hawileh is Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at American University of Sharjah, UAE. He joined AUS in August 2007 as an assistant professor. Before that, he was a structural analyst at AREVA NP INC., an AREVA and Siemens Company, Lynchburg, Virginia, USA (2006-2007). Dr. Rami is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in the state of Virginia, USA. He was a structural engineer at the Austin Company, Schaumburg, IL, USA (2000-2001). Dr. Hawileh has a PhD from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee (2005), an MS from Bradley University (2000), and a BS from Birzeit University (1998), all in civil engineering with emphasis on structures. His research interests include strengthening and computational modeling of reinforced concrete structures subjected to fire and cyclic loading. He has published more than 30 peer-reviewed papers in international journals and 35 articles in international conference proceedings.
Dr. Jamal Abdalla
Dr. Jamal Abdalla is a Professor of Civil Engineering at American University of Sharjah (AUS), UAE. He earned his MS from Purdue University and his PhD from University of California at Berkeley (UCB), both in civil engineering (structures). He did his postdoctoral research and recently his sabbatical leave at Stanford University. He worked briefly with Bechtel Civil (PMB Engineering), San Francisco, in the area of analysis and design of offshore structures. Prior to joining AUS in 2000, he taught at the University of Khartoum and at Qatar University for nine years in the area of structures. His research interest includes earthquake engineering, building information modeling and materials for strengthening and retrofitting of structures. He has published more than 120 peer-reviewed articles and conference proceedings. He received several research grants and awards.
Dr. Farid Abed
Dr. Farid Abed is Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at American University of Sharjah (AUS), UAE. He earned his PhD in 2005 in the area of structures/mechanics from Louisiana State University (LSU), USA. Prior to AUS, he taught for three years in the area of structures at Bradley University and LSU. He has more than four years of industrial experience working as a civil engineer in the Middle East. His research interest is mainly in constitutive modeling of metals subjected to elevated temperatures and impact loading. He has published more than 40 peer- reviewed articles and conference proceedings. His research interests also include computational solids and structural mechanics, advanced structural analysis, advanced mechanics of materials, nonlinear finite element analysis, theory of elasticity and plasticity, damage mechanics and composite materials.
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