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Guide to the use of EN 1990 Basis of Structural Design

Book by Department for Communities and Local Government


This report explains the principal differences between EN 1990 and UK practice (i.e. the material independent clauses from Chapter 2 of BS 8110 and Chapter 2 of BS 5950 etc). The principal identified differences that will be explained are:

- The contents and scope of EN 1990

- The requirements of EN 1990

- The design situations to consider for both the ultimate and serviceability limit states

- The representative values of the actions to use for the different design situations

- The expressions for combining the effects of actions

- The factors of safety to use for the appropriate design situations

- Choices made in the UK National Annex to EN 1990

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