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3rd Edition

Structural Engineer's Pocket Book: Eurocodes

ISBN 9780080971216
Published November 11, 2014 by CRC Press
464 Pages 213 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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



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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