Introduction to the European research projects in support of Eurocode 8
During the next few years, Eurocode 8 (EC8) will be confronted with the concerns and modification proposals resulting from its practical application, which must be faced and analysed on a sound scientific basis. Specifically, accurate evaluation of the reliability implied in the code in a general context, which takes into account several performance levels related to serviceability, damage-control and ultimate limit states, is required. Furthermore, the life-cycle cost analysis introduced in this paper is well in line with the current research topics proclaimed for performance based seismic engineering, where the social and economic consequences of earthquakes are explicitly taken into account. Several European institutions have been involved in research projects in support of EC8. The issues of the irregular buildings and bridges, ductility classes and corresponding design factors, design of frame structures with infill panels were investigated through numerical and experimental studies.
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: 11th European Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Paris la Défense (FR), September 6-11, 1998
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 41540 ORA
Record Number: 199810959 / Last updated on: 1998-09-01
Original language: en
Available languages: en