About the use of semi-continuity in simply supported composite steel and concrete beams, to remove fireproof coatings for standard-fire resistance requirement of less than 30 minutes


Previous studies of the behavior under fire conditions of composite steel and concrete beams, not subjected to local buckling (compact steel profile), showed  that it’s not possible to justify, by design code methods, the absence of fire coating for 30 minutes standard-fire resistance requirement, even when considering the support rotational stiffness provided by the upper longitudinal slab reinforcement (semi-continuity). The purpose of this work is to verify the viability of this proposal for lower standard-fire resistance time, which, although rare, may occur with the use of the equivalent time method.