The Structures in Fire Forum is a discussion group for researchers, specialists and design professionals interested in the behaviour of all types of structures (steel, composite, concrete, timber, novel materials etc...) under the influence of fire, and in the development of rational structural fire engineering deign methods and guidance. The forums subject matter is by no means confined to the thermo-mechanical behaviour of the various materials, but the development and control of fires and the influence on the performance of the whole structural system fire protection systems, total fire safety engineering, and design code developments, issues and best practise.
The Structures in Fire Forum is an evolution and amalgamation of two previous forums; the Steel in Fire Forum and the Concrete in Fire Forum. The preceding forums have been around since the mid-1990's and were born out of the desire to rationally discuss the modelling and testing of full-scale structures, in particular the BRE tests at Cardington in 1995-96. The form of the forum has changed little since then with practitioners and researches discussing current problems and solutions around the response of structures in fire.
The forum is based in the United Kingdom, but welcomes members and news of recent developments from all parts of the world. Membership to the forum is free, with administrative expenses covered by sponsorship from The Concrete Centre, the Steel Construction Institute, Olsson Fire, and AECOM.
The group meets twice per year, in the spring and the autumn, for a one-day forum to hear technical contributions from members and to discuss current matters of interest. This website is set-up to publicise the work of the group and to provide a central discussion area.
The group is currently chaired by David Rush, of the University of Edinburgh