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Test Data: Cardington Fire Test



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The Behaviour of a Multi-storey Steel Framed Building Subjected to Fire Attack
Experimental Data
by British Steel plc, 1998

Between 1995 and 1997, British Steel's Swinden Technology Centre, co-sponsored by the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) with TNO (The Netherlands) and CTICM (France) as partners, carried out a fire research programme on a modern multi-storey composite steel framed structure built within the BRE large scale test facility at Cardington. The research programme aimed to understand and develop numerical calculation procedures that are capable of describing and predicting the structural behaviour of modern multi-storey composite steel framed buildings subject to fire attack. This involved four major fire tests being carried out on different parts of the frame to study various aspects of structural behaviour and included a real full scale demonstration fire in an open plan office. This document and the accompanying test data has been prepared so that researchers in the field of Fire Safety Engineering have ready access to the actual data electronically logged during each of the four fire tests.

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Client Report: Results and Observations from Full-Scale Fire Test at BRE Cardington, 16 January 2003
by Building Research Establishment, 2004

This report has been prepared at the request of Mr J Dowling of Corus Construction to document the results and observations from a full-scale fire test carried out on the steel framed building at BRE's Cardington laboratory in January 2003. Corus Construction are interested in gaining access to the test results in order to further develop their understanding of the behaviour of steel structures in fire and to promote the effective use of steel in construction. The test took place as a result of a collaborative research project between BRE, the University of Prague, the University of Coimbra and the University of Braticlava.

This report summaries the test information including the test parameters and instrumentation arrangement. The detailed results, including displacements, temperatures and strains recorded during the tests, are available in excel files for download as follows:

 
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