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Four more parts of Eurocode 3, the European standard for the design of steel structures, have been issued by BSI.

Dr David Moore, BCSA Director of Engineering, said: “This is the second of three tranches of standards to be issued.”

This latest batch includes the standards for the design of cold formed members, stainless steels, plated structural elements and tension components.

Design of Steel Structures Part 1-3 gives design rules for cold formed steel products made from coated or uncoated thin gauge hot or cold rolled sheet or strip. This Eurocode will partially supersede BS 5950-5, BS 5950-6 and BS 5959 when BSI withdraw these standards in March 2010.

Part 1-4, supplementary rules for stainless steels gives recommendations for the design of structures using austenitic, austenitic-ferritic and ferritic stainless steels. “There are no conflicting national standards,” explains Dr Moore.

Design of steel structures Part 1-5 gives design requirements for stiffened and unstiffened plates which are subject to in-plane forces. Effects due to shear lag, in-plane load introduction and plate buckling for I-section girders and box girders are covered.

This standard will partially supersede BS 449-2, BS 5400-3 and BS 5950-1 in March 2010.

The fourth standard is the Design of Steel Structures Part 1-11 which outlines rules for structures with tension components made of steel, which due to their connections are adjustable and replaceable.

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