The purpose of this project is to create a theoretical dynamic analysis model to assess the dynamic response of light, wood-framed structures before and after fire conditions. This information is useful for predicting the damage to structural integrity due to a fire. The mass and stiffness matrices used for the dynamic model are derived from a standard residential building created for an existing project at WPI funded through the DHS/FEMA/USFA Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. The damping matrix is derived via the Rayleigh Damping Method using the mass and stiffness matrices obtained through SAP. Then, theoretical impact forces are applied to the developed dynamic model, and the acceleration response is estimated using Matlab. Both acceleration time history and frequency responses are used as the evaluation method. Finally, the dynamic model is integrated with a fire simulation model to investigate the impact of fire conditions on dynamic responses of residential buildings. The results show that frequencies can shift due to the structural degradation due to fire.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Civil & Environmental Engineering
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Figueroa, Michael, "Dynamic Analysis of a Light Wood-Framed Structure during Fire Conditions" (2016). Masters Theses (All Theses, All Years). 777.
acceleration, wood, structural fire, fire protection, structural, dynamic analysis, frequency