The winners of the 2016 German Steel Construction Sponsorship Prize have been announced, with Dustin Hässler of BAM's Fire Engineering division receiving the first research prize of the German Committee for Steel Construction for his research into the use of reactive fire protection systems on complex steel tension members. He earned his doctor's title under the professorship of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Schaumann at the Institute of Steel Construction at the University of Hanover. The award ceremony will be on 7 October 2016 on the occasion of the Stahl.Architektur event during the German Steel Construction Conference in Würzburg.
Reactive fire protection systems aim to provide more security for complex tension members made of steel in the event of a fire. Tension members are used as trussed beams and to stabilise supporting structures. To protect structures from the effects of fire, reactive coating systems are increasingly being used. The major advantage of these is that the relatively low coating thickness preserves the architectural appearance of the structures. In the event of a fire, the reactive fire protection system foams up and develops a protective thermal layer around the steel component. This slows the heating of the steel significantly, thereby delaying the heat-induced decline in steel strength and preserving the ability of the component to play a supporting role for longer. Based on BAM's research results, the first construction approval for a reactive fire protection system was granted in November 2015 by the German Centre of Competence for Construction for steel tension members.
The German Steel Construction scholarship has been awarded every two years since 1974. Students of architecture and construction engineering have the opportunity to submit their study papers for this. bauforumstahl, a steel construction professional association, uses it to sponsor students in the field. The new German Committee for Steel Construction research prize has been in place since 2016. The award is a total of 8,000 euros, and the jury decides how it is to be distributed.