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SCI to re-evaluate the Eurocode 3 safety factors for stainless steel

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SCI has been commissioned by Euro Inox to re-evaluate the safety factors applied to member and bolt resistance in EN 1993-1-4, the Eurocode covering design rules for structural stainless steel.

The project will involve SCI liaising with key stainless steel producers to collect statistical data on material properties and with stainless steel section manufacturers to collect statistical data on the geometrical tolerances of structural stainless sections. A reliability analysis on data from structural tests on stainless steel members and connections will be carried out.

The completed work will culminate in the calculation of revised safety factors (known as Gamma M factors) which will be included in the next revision of EN 1993-1-4.

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