NSERC Alliance Project
THEME 2 – FIRE SAFETY
Project T2-1 Development of Advanced Fire Design Methodology
PI: Elizabeth Weckman & Christian Dagenais
Predicting charring rate in timber is key for fire safety design under structural loads, but is rather challenging for reasons stated above. While some models are available to estimate depth of char under exposure to standard fires, it is necessary to collect new data and build advanced models for charring rate as functions of time and fire exposure (Friquin 2011, Lineham et al. 2016) and link those to fire performance and associated damage states (Meacham et al. 2021). Key outcomes of this sub-project will be the data obtained and predictive tools developed as these do not currently exist and their development is critical for improved understanding of timber charring mechanisms that will be incorporated into performance-based assessment and optimization of timber design for different building configurations.