3rd Edition

Structural Engineer's Pocket Book: Eurocodes

By Fiona Cobb Copyright 2015
    464 Pages 213 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    464 Pages 213 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Functions as a Day-to-Day Resource for Practicing Engineers…

    The hugely useful Structural Engineer’s Pocket Book is now overhauled and revised in line with the Eurocodes. It forms a comprehensive pocket reference guide for professional and student structural engineers, especially those taking the IStructE Part 3 exam. With stripped-down basic material—tables, data, facts, formulae, and rules of thumb—it is directly usable for scheme design by structural engineers in the office, in transit, or on site.

    …And a Core Reference for Students

    It brings together data from many different sources, and delivers a compact source of job-simplifying and time-saving information at an affordable price. It acts as a reliable first point of reference for information that is needed on a daily basis.

    This third edition is referenced throughout to the structural Eurocodes. After giving general information and details on actions on structures, it runs through reinforced concrete, steel, timber, and masonry.

    • Provides essential data on steel, concrete, masonry, timber, and other main materials
    • Pulls together material from a variety of sources for everyday work
    • Serves as a first point of reference for structural and civil engineers

    A core structural engineering book, Structural Engineer's Pocket Book: Eurocodes, Third Edition benefits both students and industry professionals.

    General Information

    Metric system

    Typical metric units for UK structural engineering

    Imperial units

    Conversion factors

    Measurement of angles

    Construction documentation and procurement

    Drawing conventions

    Common arrangement of work sections

    Summary of association of consulting engineers conditions of engagement

    Statutory Authorities and Permissions


    Building regulations and standards


    Northern Ireland

    Technical booklets

    Listed buildings

    Conservation areas

    Tree preservation orders

    Archaeology and ancient monuments

    Party Wall etc. Act

    Construction design & management

    Building information modelling

    Design Data

    Design data checklist

    Structural form

    Structural movement joints

    Fire resistance periods for structural elements

    Typical building tolerances

    Historical use of building materials

    Selection of materials

    Selection of floor construction


    Temporary/auxiliary works toolkit


    Slimshor compression capacity

    Slimshor moment capacity

    Ladder beams

    Unit beams

    Basic and Shortcut Tools for Structural Analysis

    Load factors and limit states

    Geometric section properties

    Parallel axis theorem

    Composite sections

    Material properties

    Coefficients of linear thermal expansion

    Coefficients of friction

    Sign Conventions

    Beam bending theory

    Beam bending and deflection formulae

    Clapeyron’s equations of three moments

    Continuous beam bending formulae



    Rigid frames under lateral loads



    Taut wires, cables and chains



    Eurocode background

    Eurocodes and European public procurement rules

    Limit state philosophy and Eurocode partial safety factors

    Design values of actions—partial load factor combinations

    Combination factors

    Summary of combined factors: Persistent situations

    Comparison of BS and Eurocode partial load factors

    Design life

    Actions on Structures

    Permanent actions

    Variable actions: Imposed floor loads

    Typical unit floor and roof loadings

    Typical ‘all up’ loads

    Variable actions: Wind loading

    Variable actions: Horizontal barrier loads

    Minimum barrier heights

    Eurocode combinations of actions for serviceability limit states

    Typical deflection limits

    Stability, robustness and disproportionate collapse


    Robustness, accidental damage and disproportionate collapse

    Disproportionate collapse requirements with British Standard clause References

    Reinforced Concrete

    Summary of material properties

    Concrete mixes


    Durability and fire resistance concrete durability

    Preliminary sizing of concrete elements

    Reinforced concrete design to BS EN 1992

    Punching shear

    Reinforced concrete column design charts

    Reinforcement bar bending to BS 8666

    Summary of differences with BS BS 8110: Concrete strength

    Reinforcement Estimates

    Structural Steel

    Types of steel products

    Mild steel section sizes and tolerances

    Hot rolled section tables

    Member axes and dimension notation


    Effective length

    Elastic properties of stainless-steel alloys for design

    Durability and fire resistances

    Fire resistance

    Stainless-Steel design to BS EN 1993-1

    Steel design to BS 449

    Composite Steel and Concrete

    Composite flooring elements

    Summary of material properties

    Preliminary sizing of composite elements

    Preliminary sizing

    Approximate limits on holes in rolled steel beams

    Timber and Plywood

    Timber products

    Summary of material properties

    Sizes and processing of timber

    Timber section sizes

    Laminated timber products

    Durability and fire resistance

    Preliminary sizing of timber elements

    Timber design to BS EN 1995

    Modification factors


    Timber joints

    Summary of differences with BS 5268: Structural timber


    Summary of material properties

    Geometry and arrangement brick and block sizes

    Durability and fire resistance

    Preliminary sizing of masonry elements


    Selection of foundations and retaining walls

    Site investigation

    Soil classification

    Typical soil properties

    Drained conditions, φ′ 

    Undrained conditions, φu =

    Preliminary sizing

    Quick estimate design methods for shallow foundations

    Simplified equations for allowable bearing capacity after

    Brinch Hansen

    Quick estimate design methods for deep foundations

    Introduction to geotechnical design to BS EN 1997

    Structural Glass

    Types of glass products

    Typical glass section sizes and thicknesses

    Durability and fire resistance

    Typical glass sizes for common applications

    Structural glass design


    Friction grip connections


    Bolted connections

    Non-silicon adhesives

    Structural silicones

    Building Elements, Materials, Fixings and Fastenings


    Basement waterproofing to BS 8102


    Precast concrete hollowcore slabs

    Bi-metallic corrosion

    Fixings and fastenings

    Cold weather working

    Effect of fire on construction materials


    Environmental indicators

    Climate change predictions for the United Kingdom

    Sustainability scenarios and targets

    Sustainable building design priorities

    Exposed slabs and thermal mass

    Embodied energy

    Construction waste

    Reclaimed materials

    Recycled materials

    Design for demountability

    Green materials specification

    Toxicity, health and air quality

    Sustainable timber

    Cement substitutes

    Sustainable aggregates

    Useful Mathematics

    Trigonometric relationships

    Special triangles

    Equations of curves

    Standard differentials and integrals

    Useful Addresses

    Further Reading




    Fiona Cobb founded the structural engineering consultancy Cobb & Company in 2019. She is a Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers and was given the ACE Young Consultant of the Year award in 2007.

    " … this excellent little book should remain an important first reference tool for practising engineers and students alike."
    Civil Engineering Journal, October 2015

    "All in all, the reviewer would wholeheartedly like to commend this concise and yet informative pocket book as an essential reference for all current practitioners as well as for the next generation of engineers."
    ICE Proceedings-Structures-Buildings Journal, 2015

    "The book, in its previous editions, has been an essential companion of practising engineers, as well as of students of structural design. The new edition fills a great need to provide the essential data for anyone who may be required to use Eurocodes. This applies to practising engineers as well as undergraduate and postgraduate students of structural design."
    —Kuldeep S Virdi, Professor Emeritus, City University, London, UK