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Final report on Contract No 7210-SA/525, 326, 132, 1 July 1996 to 30 June 1999.

Nowadays in engineering offices, usual pre-design is still often based on the allowable stress method instead of the more efficient limit states method prescribed by Eurocodes 3 and 4.

In order to satisfy the needs of engineering offices, the intention of this research project was:
- To develop guidance on the basis of Eurocodes for structural modelling, for global analysis, for checks of members, etc.
- To prepare practical tools (software in particular) for the pre-design of steel structures and composite steel-concrete structures according to Eurocodes 1, 3 and 4 respectively, in function of different decisive parameters: the type of rigidity allocated to the structure (i.e. rigid or sway buildings), the types of joints, etc.

Engineering offices from the European Community have participated in the project in order to study different methods of modelling and pre-designing structures. The practical examples of unusual structures concern different types of buildings (offices, industrial buildings, public areas, from low-rise to high-rise buildings, etc.) and different structural properties.

All guidelines and practical tools, i.e. design aids and pre-design soft library (PSL), are in conformity with Eurocodes 1, 3 and 4.

Additional information

Authors: SCHLEICH J-B, ProfilARBED, Esch-sur-Alzette (LU);MATHIEU J, ProfilARBED, Esch-sur-Alzette (LU);KLÓSAK M, ProfilARBED, Esch-sur-Alzette (LU);CONAN Y, ProfilARBED, Esch-sur-Alzette (LU);CHABROLIN B, CTICM, Saint-Remy-les-Chevreuse (FR);GALÉA Y, CTICM, Saint-Remy-les-Chevreuse (FR);BUREAU A, CTICM, Saint-Remy-les-Chevreuse (FR);SEDLACEK G ET AL, RWTH, Aachen (DE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 20323 EN (2002), pp.208. Euro: 31.00
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KI-NA-20323-EN-S Available from EUR-OP sales agents. URL:
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-3662-X
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