The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 72 (1994) > Issues > Issue 2 > ã-Factors: a Second Look. Partial Safety Factors: an Overview
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ã-Factors: a Second Look. Partial Safety Factors: an Overview

Partial safety factors (y-factors) first appeared as a coherent system for dealing with the uncertainties involved in structural design 30 years ago. For nearly a quarter of a century they have been a feature of at least some design Codes in the UK. They are now used for most main UK design Codes and many European Codes and are the approach adopted for the Eurocodes. Professor A.W. Beeby