Design of Structural Elements to Eurocodes – W.M.C. McKenzie
Preference of Design of Structural Elements to Eurocodes
The development of new building materials/structural systems and improved understanding of their behaviour increased at a faster rate during the latter half of the twentieth century than at any other time in history. The most commonly used materials are reinforced concrete, structural steelwork, timber and masonry. In all developed countries of the world structural design codes/codes of practice have been formulated or adopted to enable engineers to design structures using these materials which should be safe and suitable for the purposes for which they are intended. Despite this, the fact remains that structural failures do, and always will, occur. In order to minimise the occurrence of failure it is necessary to incorporate education, training, experience and quality control in all aspects of a design project. To provide merely familiarity with design codes as part of an educational programme is clearly inadequate; understanding and competence will only develop with further training and experience.
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