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1st Edition

Worked Examples for the Design of Concrete Structures to Eurocode 2

ISBN 9780415468190
Published April 18, 2013 by CRC Press
260 Pages 237 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This practical design guide illustrates through worked examples how Eurocode 2 may be used in practice. Complete and detailed designs of six archetypal building and public utility structures are provided. The book caters to students and engineers with little or no practical experience of design, as well as to more experienced engineers who may be unfamiliar with Eurocode 2.

Chapter 1 provides an introduction to the Structural Eurocodes, with particular reference to actions on structures. Chapter 2 describes the principles, requirements and methods used for the design of members. This is followed by worked examples for the following structures:

A multi-storey office building with three forms of floor construction

A basement to the office building with three types of foundations

A free-standing cantilever earth-retaining wall

A large underground service reservoir

An open-top rectangular tank on an elastic soil

An open-top cylindrical tank on an elastic soil

In addition to the design of all the elements, the analysis of each structure is fully explained. This applies particularly to the design of the basement, and the tanks bearing on elastic soils, for which specially derived tables are included in appendices to the book. The calculations are complemented by reinforcement drawings in accordance with the recommendations in the third edition (2006) of the Standard method of detailing structural concrete, with commentaries on the bar arrangements.

This book can be used as a stand-alone publication, or as a more detailed companion to Reynolds’s Reinforced Concrete Designer’s Handbook, now in its 11th edition. The comprehensive treatment of the designs, and the variety of structures considered, make this a unique and invaluable work.

Table of Contents

Eurocodes and Design Actions


Material Properties


Containment Structures

Geotechnical Design

Design of Members

Principles and Requirements


Fire Resistance

Bending and Axial Force





Considerations Affecting Design Details

Example 1: Multi-Story Building

Example 2: Foundations to Multi-Story Building

Example 3: Free-Standing Cantilever Earth-Retaining Wall

Example 4: Underground Service Reservoir

Example 5: Open-Top Rectangular Tank

Example 6: Open-Top Cylindrical Tank

Appendix A: General Information

Appendix B: Beam on Elastic Foundation

Appendix C: Rectangular and Cylindrical Tanks


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Anthony Threlfall has considerable experience as a designer of reinforced and prestressed concrete structures, as a lecturer and technical writer at the Cement and Concrete Association, and more recently as a training consultant. He is the main author of the new edition of Reynolds’s Reinforced Concrete Designer’s Handbook, also published by Taylor & Francis.


"…Generations of engineers were led by Tony, through many of his lectures and training sessions, to a thorough understanding of limit state design, now extending to the Eurocodes. In this work, Worked Examples for the Design of Concrete Structures to Eurocode 2, the approach is typically thorough and easy in its manner. The author starts with an admirably condensed chapter on the basis of design, which is a useful demystification of the apparent complexity of Eurocode 0 and Eurocode 1. Following this there are some notes on theory and then, only a tenth of the way through the book, the design examples are presented. Examples cover reinforced concrete frames and water-retaining structures and foundations; these latter two topics are useful as they are often not covered in detail in other works. The examples are thorough and very well presented, as would be expected by an accomplished trainer."
Magazine of Concrete Research

"This book includes very detailed and thorough worked examples, covering assessment of actions, design and detailing with the final output being reinforcement drawings. The examples are interlaced with helpful commentary on the choice of values, with clear references to sources of information. The examples cover the design of whole structures, not just selected elements, and show how to carry out the analysis by hand."
—Owen Brooker, Technical Director, Modulus

"If I was a practicing engineer and was using the Eurocodes for the first time I would want to have this book on my shelf. I would also recommend it to anyone who attended a course on Eurocode 2 design. ... The book provides succinct examples for normal building structures. For such projects it is important to use efficient and quick forms of calculations which are easy to understand and check. These examples set the scene for clear understanding by the designer and good communication for the construction process."
—Robin Whittle, Consultant, England

"This publication covers the design and detailing of common structural concrete elements and structures to Eurocode 2. Its contents are detailed, thorough and helpful. Readers are led through the design process with clear commentary, references and in some instances, the author’s opinions. It is a welcome addition to Eurocode 2 resources. ... The contents cover the topics that designers will come across in day to day structural concrete design. They therefore cover those subjects that will be of most interest to those unfamiliar to Eurocode."
—Charles Goodchild, The Concrete Centre, Gillingham House, England