Strength Design Requirements of ACI-318M-02 Code, BS8110, and EuroCode2 for Structural Concrete:A Comparative Study


This paper is intended to compare design requirements of the structural building codes from safety and economical point of view. Three different famous structural building codes have been adopted. These are the ACI 318M-02, BS8110:1985, and Euro Code2:1992. These codes have been compared in the strength design requirements of structural elements. The comparison include safety provisions, flexural design, shear design, and column design.
Throughout this study elaborated design models and criteria of the considered codes have been exhibited. Although the principles contained in these codes are basically the same, they differ in details. The comparison between results has shown that EC2 is more liberal in partial safety factors and strength design than ACI Code. After following this study, design engineers will discover easily that the transition among codes is not a difficult process.