Current revision of the fundamental Eurocode for design of civil engineering structures

Vestnik MGSU 9/2018 Volume 13
  • Marková Jana - Klokner Institute, Czech Technical University (CTU), in Prague, 7 Šolínova, Prague 6, 166 08, Czech Republic ssociated Professor; ORCID ID 0000-0002-9674-0718, Klokner Institute, Czech Technical University (CTU), in Prague, 7 Šolínova, Prague 6, 166 08, Czech Republic, 7 Šolínova, Prague 6, 166 08, Czech Republic.
  • Holický Milan - Klokner Institute, Czech Technical University (CTU), in Prague, 7 Šolínova, Prague 6, 166 08, Czech Republic Professor; ORCID ID 0000-0001-5325-6470, Klokner Institute, Czech Technical University (CTU), in Prague, 7 Šolínova, Prague 6, 166 08, Czech Republic, 7 Šolínova, Prague 6, 166 08, Czech Republic.
  • Sýkora Miroslav - Klokner Institute, Czech Technical University (CTU), in Prague, 7 Šolínova, Prague 6, 166 08, Czech Republic Associated Professor; ORCID ID 0000-0001-9346-3204., Klokner Institute, Czech Technical University (CTU), in Prague, 7 Šolínova, Prague 6, 166 08, Czech Republic, 7 Šolínova, Prague 6, 166 08, Czech Republic.

Pages 1036-1042

The present, globally-applicable revision of the fundamental EN 1990 Eurocode for the design of buildings and civil engineering structures is briefly summarised. General requirements are further elaborated with respect to structural resistance, serviceability and durability. In addition, provisions for robustness, sustainability and fire safety are included. An appropriate level of structural reliability should consider the consequences and possible causes of failure, public aversion and costs associated with reducing the risk of failure. However, the choice concerning the reliability level is left to national interpretation. The target reliability indexes are indicated for one-year and 50-year reference period, with no explicit link to the design working life being provided in the final draft of prEN 1990. It is proposed that the consequences of structural failure be organised into five categories; however, without providing recommendations on the target reliability indices for the lowest and highest consequence class. Supplementary guidance on structural robustness is proposed in prEN 1990, Annex E. A structure should have a sufficient level of robustness that it will not be damaged to an extent disproportional to the original cause. The working life design should be considered for time-dependent performance of the structures. Ultimate and serviceability limit states should be verified for all relevant design situations. Apart from the commonly-used partial factor method, which comprises a basic method for structural verification, additional guidance is also given for application of non-linear methods. The partial factors have been newly-calibrated with the aim of achieving a more balanced reliability level for structures from different materials and loading effects.

DOI: 10.22227/1997-0935.2018.9.1036-1042

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STRUCTURAL RELIABILITY IN EUROCODES

Vestnik MGSU 11/2012
  • Holický Milan - Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU) Ph.D., Prof., Deputy Director, Klokner Institute, +420 2 2435 3842, Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU), Solinova 7, 166 08 Prague 6, Czech Republic; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Pages 117 - 124

The structural reliability recommended in Eurocodes and other international documents vary
within a broad range, while the reference to the failure consequences and design working life is
mentioned only very vaguely. In some cases the target reliability indexes are indicated for one or
two reference periods (in Eurocodes for 1 year and 50 years), however no explicit link to the design
working life is usually provided. This article attempts to clarify the relationship between the target
reliability levels, failure consequences, the design working life and the discount rate. The theoretical
study based on probabilistic optimization is supplemented by recommendations useful for code
makers and required by practicing engineers. It appears that the optimum reliability indices depend
primarily on the ratio of the cost of structural failure to the cost per unit of structural parameter, and
less significantly on the design working life and on the discount rate.

DOI: 10.22227/1997-0935.2012.11.117 - 124

References
  1. EN 1990 (2002), “Eurocode — Basis of structural design”, CEN/TC 250, 2002.
  2. ISO 2394 (1998), “General principles on reliability for structures”, ISO, 1998.
  3. JCSS (2001) “Probabilistic Model Code”, http://www.jcss.ethz.ch/.
  4. Diamantidis D. (2009), “Reliability differentiation”, In.: Holicky et al.: Guidebook 1, Load effects on Buildings, CTU in Prague 2009.
  5. Holicky M, Schneider J. (2002), “Structural Design and Reliability Benchmark Study”, In.: Safety, Risk and Reliability — Trends in Engineering. IABSE International Conference, Malta.

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