Load Combinations for Codified Design

by Bruce Ellingwood, Johns Hopkins Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Probabilistic Methods in Civil Engineering


Loading requirements used in current standards for structural design are not consistent in their conceptual basis, appearance or use. Unified limit states design procedures for structures and uniform load criteria are being developed using probabilistic methods for treating uncertainty in loads and strengths. Problems in the implementation of probability-based load requirements in design are described.

Subject Headings: Load factors | Load combinations | Structural design | Load and resistance factor design | Building design | Probability | Standards and codes | Limit states

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