General European Principles of Codes Concerning Reliability

by L. Östlund, Lund Inst of Technology, Sweden,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Safety and Reliability


The requirements for reliability cover safety, serviceability and durability and consider different causes and types of failure. They may concern the occurrence of a failure or the duration or number of times of unfitness for the intended use of the structure. The measures to ensure reliability are design, choice of material and protection with regard to durability and quality assurance measures. Design includes choice of structural system and material, dimensioning and detailing. The dimensioning process is discussed. Probabilistic dimensioning methods and the method of partial coefficient are mentioned.

Subject Headings: Standards and codes | Quality control | Structural systems | Building design | Failure analysis | Load and resistance factor design | Material durability | Material failures | Europe

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