Simplified structural fire engineering quiz

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Please answer the following 5 multiple choice questions, then click 'submit' to check the result. The pass mark for a CPD certificate is 4 out of 5, and you may retake the quiz as many times as you wish, but the questions will vary! Please note that one, two, three or all of the possible answers presented for each question may be right, and to gain a mark for that question all correct answers must be identified.

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Simplified structural fire engineering

The results of the Cardington fire tests can be applied to which types of building(s)?

All steel framed structures
All composite steel framed structures
Steel framed structures with composite steel deck floors
Steel framed structures with precast plank floors.

When using Tslab and/or Vulcan Lite, which of the following statements are correct?

The position of the mesh in the slab is of great importance
The position of the mesh in the slab is generally of little importance
The type of metal decking used makes a significant impact on results
The type of concrete used makes a significant impact on results

Vulcan Lite was describes as using the full capability of the programme Vulcan, developed at the University of Sheffield, with inputs tailored for the analysis of single bays. Which of the following is correct?

It provides a simple pass/fail answer
It provides comprehensive output including deflection-temperature/time curves, members forces, slab cracking, and animated representations of the deformation history
The floor area to be analysed can be any trapezoidal shape
The floor area to be analysed can include internal columns

At what steel temperature did the structure typically fail in the Cardington fire tests?

550°C
620°C
1150°C
It did not fail

The mechanism which enabled the steel framed building at Cardington to survive the fire tests is called tensile membrane action. Which one of the following statements best describes tensile membrane action?

A yield line mechanism across the floor slab which leads to increased load carrying capacity
A large deflection mechanism leading to enhanced load carrying capacity and characterised by biaxial tension in the mesh at the centre of the slab and a compressive ring in the concrete around the edge
An in-plane expansion of the slab at its boundaries which, if restrained, leads to the development of arching action which in turn enhances the strength of the slab
None of the above.