The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 66 (1988) > Issues > Issue 1 > Correspondence on The Stress Limits For Reinforced Concrete in BS 5400 by P.A. Jackson
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Correspondence on The Stress Limits For Reinforced Concrete in BS 5400 by P.A. Jackson

Mr M. Gaynor (F): Mr Jackson’s paper is an excellent contribution to an understanding of BS5400, and this clarification comes none too soon, but it is a pity that he did not address the topic of the validity of the limit states and their relative importance. The way the limit states are used requires presupposing a number of facts whose validity I find difficulty in accepting and also ignores matters which crop up from time to time, such as durability and acceptable degree of damage in the ‘ultimate’ condition, which are of fundamental importance to the practice of structural engineering.