Allowable Deflections: The Other Side of the Equation

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Title: Allowable Deflections: The Other Side of the Equation

Author(s): Andrew Scanlon and Libanio Pinheiro

Publication: Special Publication

Volume: 133

Issue:

Appears on pages(s): 111-120

Keywords: deflection; limit design method; loads (forces); safety; probability theory; reinforced concrete; serviceability; structural design; variability; Design

Date: 9/1/1992

Abstract:
The treatment of design for deflection control in current practice is empirical, and relies largely on allowable computed deflections that were established on the basis of experience gained at a time when deflection control was not a critical issue in most cases. In this paper the current deterministic approach to deflection control is compared with design for safety, which is based on probability considerations.