ENFP 405 - Structural Fire Protection

(3 credits)

Fire test with a MLRS pod

Fire test with a MLRS pod
Photo courtesy of
Andrew Neviackas ('06)
& Danielle Leikach ('06)

FIRE Center Sponser: Poole Fire Protection, Inc.


  • Mechanics II (ENES220)
  • Have permission of the department


  • Structural Design for Fire Safety by Andrew Buchanan

Course Description

  • This course will give students an understanding of the effects of temperature on structural materials such as steel, concrete, wood, gypsum, glass and reinforced plastics. Students will experimentally evaluate the fire resistance of building assemblies, and examine analytical methods to evaluate the fire resistance of structural members.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this course, the student should:

  • Understand the impact of fire exposure on the materials used in construction assemblies.
  • Relate the importance and role of principal characteristics of construction assemblies on the fire resistance of the assembly.
  • Develop the intended understanding by reviewing data from past experimental programs, applying engineering principles from mechanics and heat transfer and conducting an elementary experiment.

Topics Covered

  • Fire Endurance Requirements for Construction Assemblies: basis of classification, performance requirements
  • Fire Endurance Tests: building construction assemblies, protection of wall openings, overview of standard test methods, performance criteria, and non-standard evaluations
  • Review of Mechanics: applied loads, load combinations, beam analysis, stability/buckling analysis
  • Evaluating the Fire Resistance of Timber Structural Elements: material properties, effect of fire exposure, glue-laminated members, and critical char depth
  • Evaluating the Fire Resistance of Steel Structural Elements: material properties, empirical correlations for columns, beams and trusses, thermal response, mechanics-based approach, response of structural frames
  • Evaluating the Fire Resistance of Concrete & Masonry Assemblies: material properties, empirical correlations, thermal analysis via graphs/tables, moment-bearing capacity analysis
  • Light-frame walls