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Fire design of rectangular hollow section joints

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEurosteel 2017, The 8th European Conference on Steel and Composite Structures
Subtitle of host publicationCopenhagen 2017 13-15 September
PublisherWilhelm Ernst und Sohn
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sep 2017
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventEurosteel -
Duration: 11 Apr 2017 → …

Publication series

ISSN (Electronic)2509-7075


Period11/04/17 → …


The component method is a design approach for the characterization of the mechanical properties of structural joints and it is referred to in Eurocode 3 Part 1-8. Eurocode deign rules for open sections are already based on the component method. The design rules for joints between tubular hollow sections are still based on simple theoretical mechanical models validated agsainst experimental test results. However, there is research activities in progress to extend the application of the component method also to hollow section joints in the next revision of the Eurocode. The fire design of steel joints is carried out in accordance with Eurocode 3 Part 2. Eurocode does not give guidance on how the temperature of the joint components can be determined. Tampere University of Technology is currently carrying out experimental fire researh on the temperature distributions in the vicinity of the joint. The aim of the research is to develop experimental methods to determine steel temperatures at the actual joint component, spring, locations and to transfer this information into the joint design based on the component method. This paper introduces an experimental research demonstrating the actual temperature distributions within the joint area and higlights the differences between the failure modes and the design criteria at normal temperature design and fire design of a joint.


  • Steel, Hollow section, Joint, Fire design, Component method

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Field of science, Statistics Finland