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Title: Comparison and Critical Review of Durability Design in Design Codes

Author(s): Diala Basim Al-Haddad, Gul Ahmed Jokhio, and Abid Abu-Tair

Publication: Materials Journal

Volume: 121

Issue: 1

Appears on pages(s): 119-128

Keywords: ACI 318 Code; durability provisions; durability requirements; exposure conditions; international design codes

DOI: 10.14359/51739154

Date: 1/1/2024

Several incidents of early deterioration of structures have been reported in literature; such incidents have a negative impact. Insufficiencies in the durability design may result from a possible absence of explicit guidelines in design codes and standards that establish a standardized language for building design, construction, and operation. Most design codes and standards, while providing a robust framework for structural capacity and serviceability, do not address durability design to a desirable degree. This study examines and critically reviews the durability design in three international codes: the American, British, and Eurocodes. The study revealed that the European and British standards have comparatively more precise and comprehensive durability provisions, whereas the American code has a larger scope for development. The study introduces a proposal for the improvement of durability design provisions in codes to provide beneficial examples that can assist in the update of upcoming editions of these codes.