Prospect for European Guidance for the Structural Design of Tensile Membrane Structures
Within CEN/TC 250/WG 5, CEN/TC 248/WG 4, the TensiNet Association and COST Action TU1303, an international team of researchers, engineers, architects, material producers and manufacturers has been working on this report, which provides background information in support of the implementation and development of a future Eurocode for the Structural Design of Tensile Membrane Structures. Tensioned Membrane Structures have unique properties compared to the more conventional built environment. Besides their low self-weight and high flexibility these structures are known to be 'optimally' constructed, as they are only loaded in tension. It results in shapes adapted to the flow of forces and a minimum of material needed to realise the span.
Prospect for New Guidance in the Design of FRP
Over the last twenty years, many innovative solutions have confirmed the usefulness of composite structures realized with FRPs (Fibre Reinforced Polymer or Plastic). The need of European standards for use of fibre-reinforced polymer composites in civil engineering was justified in 2007 in the JRC Report EUR 22864 EN. The new European technical rules will be developed using the existing organization of CEN/TC250.
New European Technical Rules for the Assessment and Retrofitting of Existing Structures
The consideration of sustainability aspects in the construction sector jointly with considerable economic interests have been the main impulse to include the work item of assessment and retrofitting of existing structures in the Mandate M/515 with a high priority. The new European technical rules will be developed using the existing organization of CEN/TC250. The present report has been worked out in the frame of CEN/TC250/WG2 activities. The report contains three parts:Having in mind the stepwise procedure for preparation of CEN Technical Documents, the contents of Part III is broader, covers more aspects, and includes more information than the normative technical recommendations. In particular, key issues are identified that require resolution and a summary of different national perspectives is provided rather than seeking to resolve all difficult technical issues during the first work step. The report presents scientific and technical background intended to stimulate debate and serves as a basis for further work to achieve a harmonized European view on the assessment and retrofitting of existing structures. Download the report [ 3.83 MB]
Guidance for European Structural Design of Glass Components
This JRC Scientific and Policy Report is a pre-normative document that represents the basis of a new Eurocode on the design of structural glass. It was developed by CEN/TC 250 WG 3 and it presents the available background of both the design of glass components related to up-to-date existing national codes as well as the recent scientific knowledge.