Background to sans 10160: basis of structural design and actions for buildings and industrial structures

Retief, J. V. ; Dunaiski, P. E. (2009)

CITATION: Retief, J.V. & Dunaiski, P.E. 2009. Background to SANS 10160: Basis of Structural design and Actions for Buidings and Industrial Structure. Stellenbosch: AFRICAN SUNMeDIA. doi:10.18820/9781920338176.

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ENGLISH ABSTRACT: The Draft South African Loading Code SANS 10160 Basis for structural design and actions for buildings and industrial structures represents a substantial revision of the present Standard SABS 0160:1989 (Amended 1993). Proper substantiation of the changes and additions is therefore required. The Background Report captures the main sources of reference, assessments, decisions and motivations applied in the formulation of SANS 10160. The background information should primarily be considered when SANS 10160 is evaluated for acceptance into design practice as a South African National Standard. It should also serve as the point of departure for the inevitable future revision and updating of SANS 10160. The Background Report is not intended to serve as a commentary on the future use of SANS 10160 in design practice. However, the information reported here should provide additional understanding as a complementary source in cases where critical consideration of design implications is required. A high degree of harmonisation of SANS 10160 with Eurocode is achieved. Consistency between SANS 10160 and Eurocode is clearly presented and motivated in the Background Report.

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