Performance-Based Structural Fire Engineering of Buildings with Concrete-Filled Composite Plate Shear Walls (CF-CPSW)

Research purpose

The overall goal is to develop research-based code change proposals for AISC Specification 360-XX (Appendix 4-Fire Design) to include structural performance-based design methodology and / or standard fire ratings for CF-CPSW walls and floor-to-wall connections while accounting for the effects of different material, geometric, loading, and fire (heating) scenarios.

Purdue University
Project Area
Performance-Based Design
CPF research grant #
Award amount
Grant period
Jul 2018 - Jan 2020
Grant Status
In Progress
Principal Investigator
Amit Varma, Professor, Purdue University
Industry champions

Farid Alfawakhiri, American Iron and Steel Institute
Larry Kruth, American Institute of Steel Construction
Rob Chmielowski, Magnusson Klemencic and Associates
Robert Berhinig, Consultant
Kevin LaMalva, Simpson Gumpertz and Hager
Lisa Choe, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Ron Klemencic, Magnusson Klemencic and Associates
Gary Higbee, Steel Institute of New York
John Sui, City of Seattle

CPF allies
Research deliverables

Task 1 – Testing Walls Under Fire Loading
Task 2 – Testing Connections & Walls Under Fire Loading
Task 3 – Numerical Modeling and Benchmarking
Task 4 – Parametric Studies and Analysis
Task 5 – Design Tools, Guidelines, and Final Report