Structures and Fire

Structural Fire Engineering is an important multi-disciplinary engineering field that deals with fire science and structural resistance of buildings, bridges and other infrastructure. Natural hazard mitigation is one of the funded activities in ‘Environment European Research Area’. Fire represents one of the most severe environmental hazards for the built infrastructure and it is a particularly dangerous event caused by many other hazards such as earthquake, impact and blast.

Structural Fire Safety Research Group at Bogazici University focuses on natural hazard risk mitigation through utilizing the fundamental knowledge of theoretical, computational and experimental mechanics of structures and fire science. Our research group studies the fire performance of structures, especially the fire resilience of structural steel connections in a composite floor, which provide integrity and stability to the global structural system. Further, we focus on the progressive collapse of tall buildings due to various fire scenarios. Currently, we are developing our home-grown transient heat transfer finite element software called FEHEAT. Aside from deterministic research, we seek to investigate the detrimental effect of fire to the different types of buildings and infrastructure with probabilistic approaches. Hence, we apply structural reliability tools in assessing the resilience of structures.

Announcement: Our research group is currently expanding and looking for motivated M.Sc. and Ph.D. students to work on the structural fire safety research at Bogazici University. We also welcome students with steel structure and earthquake engineering focus. If you are a Foreign Graduate Student, Post-Doc or Faculty, who would like to conduct research with BOUNFIRE Research Group for a short or long-term, please consider aaplying to TUBITAK 2216 Research Fellowship Programme for International Researchers and TUBITAK 2221 Fellowships for Visiting Scientists and Scientists on Sabbatical Leave . If you are a Turkish Citizen, who would like to conduct research in Turkey, please consider applying to TUBITAK 2232 Yurda Dönüş Araştırma Burs Programı or to TUBITAK 2218 Yurt İçi Doktora Sonrası Araştırma Burs Programı .

Recent News:

03/09/2018:

Our TUBİTAK project 114M791 "Fire Performance of Steel Connections in Composite Floor Systems" is received to Project Performance Award, thanks to BOUNFIRE research team!

31/05/2018:

Kerem Bulut İldan has succesfully defended his Final Public Presentation and awarded his Master's Degree with his thesis titled "Experimental Study on the Behavior of a Nineteen Parallel Wire Strand (PWS) in Suspension Bridges under Hydrocarbon Pool Fires". Congrats to Kerem!

29/05/2018:

Ahmet Fazıl Kara has succesfully defended his Final Public Presentation and awarded his Master's Degree with his thesis titled "Surface Heat Exchange in Temperature Distribution in I-beam Sections under Standard Fire Curve". Congrats to Ahmet!

20/10/2017:

Congratulations to Dr. Serdar Selamet for being awarded Tenure and the status of Associate Professor in Civil Engineering Department at Boğaziçi University!

01/09/2017:

BOUNFIRE Research Group Director Serdar Selamet will continue his appointment as visiting faculty at University of Manchester as part of the Newton Research Programme between 6-15 September. The appointment will conclude with a report on Fire Performance of High-rise Buildings in seismically active regions in Istanbul."

23/07/2017:

A full-day workshop on Fire Safety Engineering is successfully completed at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, which is part of Newton Research Programme. The summary of slides can be downloaded at website link .

22/02/2017:

Our paper on surface heat exchange by radiation "Thermal Gradient Estimation due to Surface Heat Exchange in Steel I-Sections" is accepted at Journal of Structural Engineering ASCE! It can be downloaded at website link .

10/01/2016:

BOUNFIRE Research Group Member Fırat Yolaçan successfully passed his Master's Thesis Committee Defense. His thesis is titled "Performance based structural fire safety concept for industrial buildings: Strength and stability. Related information can be found at University Library .

18/10/2016:

Our paper on furnace experiment "Çelik-Beton Kompozit Kat Döşemesi Yangın Deneyi" is acccepted at Teknik Dergi by Turkish Chamber of Civil Engineers! It can be downloaded at website link .

19/02/2016:

Our paper on the fire resilience of composite floors is accepted at Fire Safety Journal! please read and share! Free access for 50 days can be found at Elsevier Link and DOI Link .

15/01/2016:

Serdar Selamet received Newton Research Collaboration Programme by Royal Academy of Engineering with Prof. Yong Wang at University of Manchester. The Programme will last 18 months. The work will be on the development of standards for structural fire safety design of tall builings. Related information can be found at Royal Academy of Engineering website.

15/09/2015:

Serdar Selamet chaired a session in 8th International Symposium on Steel Bridges, where he was also a Scientific Committee Member. Related information can be found at Conference website.

01/09/2015:

Serdar Selamet attended the 1st International Conference on Structural Safety under Fire and Blast (CONFAB), where he presented the paper "Novel and Efficient Finite Element Software for Heat Transfer FEHEAT. Related information can be found at Conference website.

13/05/2015:

BOUNFIRE Research Group Member Kadir Topçu presented his Master's Thesis work at 8th National Earthquake Engineering Conference. Related information can be found at Conference website.

01/05/2015:

BOUNFIRE Research Group Member Murat Uzun got accepted to MIT to the Department of Civil Engineering! Congrats Murat!

15/02/2015:

Serdar Selamet becomes Advisory Board Member of TUYAK (Turkish Fire Protection and Education Foundation.

31/07/2014:

Serdar Selamet received Academic Incentive Award by Boğaziçi University Foundation (BUVAK) for 2013 Academic Year. Related information can be found at BUVAK website.

13/07/2014:

Serdar Selamet received Travel Award by Boğaziçi University Foundation (BUVAK) . Related information can be found at BUVAK website.

30/06/2014:

Serdar Selamet is appointed as Visiting Scholar at University of California, Berkeley (UCBerkeley) for the Summer of 2014. Related information can be found at UCBerkeley VSPA website.

15/06/2014:

Our paper "Fire resistance of steel shear connections" is published at Fire Safety Journal for August 2014 Issue! Related information can be found at Elsevier website.

11/06/2014:

BOUNFIRE Research Group attended and presented at 8th International Conference on Structures in Fire (SIF'14) between 11-13 June in Shanghai, China. Related information can be found at SIF'14 website.

04/06/2014:

Serdar Selamet has presented his European Funded Marie Curie Project at HORIZON2020 National Launch Event in Hilton Bosphorus. Related information can be found at HORIZON2020 website.

14/05/2014:

Serdar Selamet has received TUBITAK 2014 Award for European Union Funded FP7 Research Projects (TUBITAK AB ÇP'ye Katılımı Özendirme Ödül Desteği). Related information can be found at TUBITAK website.

9/05/2014:

The 2nd International Conference on the Protection of Historical Constructions PROHITECH 2014 was held 7-9 May 2014 in Antalya, Turkey. Serdar Selamet was involved as the Organizing Committee Member and chaired two presentation sessions. Related information can be found at PROHITECH 2014 website.

3/04/2014:

Serdar Selamet attended as Technical Committee Member to SEI/ASCE Fire Protection Committee Meeting in Boston, U.S.A. The meeting minutes and related information can be found at SEI/ASCE Fire Protection website or at ASCE link.

06/03/2014:

Serdar Selamet was selected as Secretariat of TK-3 Turkish Fire Safety Technical Committee of TUCSA (Turkish Institute of Steel Construction) in Istanbul, Turkey. Related information can be found at TUCSA website.

19/02/2014:

Serdar Selamet attended as Managing Committee Member to EU-COST IFER (Integrated Fire Engineering and Response) Meeting in Krakow, Poland. The meeting minutes and related information can be found at COST-IFER website section.

12/02/2014:

Serdar Selamet was invited by the Technology Transfer Office (TTO) of Özyeğin Üniversity in Istanbul to give a talk about the European grant proposals for HORIZON 2020.

14/11/2013:

Master’s student Tuğba Özdemir presented the proceedings paper “The impact of fire scenarios to the collapse of a tall structure” at 2013 Fire Security Symposium and Exhibition held 14-15 November 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. The exhibition is organized by TUYAK - Turkish Fire Protection and Education Foundation. The conference proceedings paper can be downloaded in Publications section.

20/09/2013:

Serdar Selamet was invited to Nanjang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore as a Visiting Scholar between 16-18 September 2013.

05/09/2013:

Serdar Selamet presented the proceedings paper “The impact of fire scenario to the collapse of a tall structure” at SEMC Fifth International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation held 2-4 September 2013 in University of Cape Town, South Africa. The conference proceedings paper can be downloaded in Publications section.

05/05/2013:

Serdar Selamet was accepted to ASCE/SEI Fire Protection Technical Committee. The committee meeting and ASCE Structures Congress was held 2-4 May 2013 in Pittsburgh, PA U.S.A. “Symmetric and asymmetric collapse mechanisms of a multi-story steel structure subjected to gravity and fire” presented paper can be downloaded in Publications section.

21/04/2013:

Serdar Selamet was accepted to COST IFER Project of European Commision as the Managing Committee Member of Turkey. The committee meeting and Applications of Structural Fire Engineering (ASFE) were held 19-20 April 2013 in Prague, Czech Republic. “Fire performance of an unprotected composite beam with semi-rigid end restraints” presented paper can be downloaded in Publications section.

Serdar Selamet, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Bogazici University
School of Engineering
Department of Civil Engineering

Bebek Istanbul, TURKEY
phone: +90-212-3596430
Email

Alma Mater
B.S. Duke University, NC USA
M.A. Princeton University, NJ USA
Ph.D. Princeton University, NJ USA

Dissertation

Curriculum Vitae

Academic Profile
ORCID: 0000-0001-9444-470X
Scopus Identifier: 34870656700
ResearcherID: H-9465-2012

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