In the UK, designers of portal frame buildings have commonly used bespoke software specifically written for the analysis and member design in accordance with BS 5950.
The view has arisen that design to Eurocode 3 is not practical. This short guide was written to refute that impression. The guidance aims to show how existing analysis software (for use in design to BS 5950) may be utilised, with appropriate adjustments, and how (at least in the interim, until Eurocode-specific software is widely used) portal frame member design can be carried out manually at critical locations without undue complexity.
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