Material and geometric properties of structural steel for use in design

Byfield, M.P. and Nethercot, D.A. (1997) Material and geometric properties of structural steel for use in design. Structural Engineer, 75, (21)


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This paper establishes an up-to-date measure of the variability of the material and geometric properties of commercial quality structural steel. A comprehensive set of measurements (over 7000 samples) was obtained and collated. The large data set was suficient to evaluate the type of probability distribution characterising variability. The results provide the detailed statistical evidence essential for reliability analyses of the type needed to underpin the selection and calibration of new design rules for structural steel components. The statistical data reported are compared with the measures of variability assumed during the calibration of Eurocode 3 (EC3) partial safety factors; it is shown that some of these may safely be reduced.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1466-5123 (print)
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Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Q Science > QA Mathematics
Q Science > QC Physics
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
ePrint ID: 74037
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
November 1997Published
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:07

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