Safety Provisions in Design Codes for Reinforced Concrete Structures


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Title: Safety Provisions in Design Codes for Reinforced Concrete Structures

Author(s): Andrew Scanlon and Ross B. Corotis

Publication: Special Publication

Volume: 133


Appears on pages(s): 33-44

Keywords: building codes; buildings; limit state design; loads (forces); probability theory; reinforced concrete; safety; structural design; structural engineering; theories; Design

Date: 9/1/1992

The American Concrete Institute, Standard 318, Building Code Requirements for Reinforced Concrete have permitted the design of reinforced concrete structures in accordance with limit state principles using load and resistance factors since 1963. A probabilistic assessment of these factors and implied safety levels is made, along with consideration of alternate factor values and formats. A discussion of issues related to construction safety and safety of existing structures is included.