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The final draft of EC2: ‘Part 1’ has been published as Draft for Development (a prestandard) to enable Member States to familiarise themselves with it before it is published in about 3 years as a design Code. Since the original draft was issued in 1984 for consultation, it has undergone a number of changes. This article describes the salient features of EC2 and the significant differences between it and BS8110. The comments in the article are based on the September 1988 draft. R.S. Narayanan
This article concerns the mechanics of producing Eurocode 2 for concrete structures; it is not about the content - that is covered in a separate article by Mr R. S. Narayanan of S. B. Tietz & Partners, who is the UK Liaison Engineer for EC2. G. Somerville
The authors have presented an interesting method for the rapid estimation of maximum bending moments in decks of suspension bridges. Their approximate analysis draws to a logical conclusion the more general method described by Bowen and Charlton (reference 3 of the paper). It is clear that the use of symmetry and antisymmetry offers a considerable computational advantage :two sets of three linear simultaneous equations are solved far more quickly than one set of six. F. Van der Woude, M.S. Gregory and H.I.A. Hegab