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Verification of the ultimate limit

state requirements for concrete


members by the use of the global safety
factor format

Klmn Szalai - Tams Kovcs

One half century of Hungarian and almost two decades of European Union experience in the application
of the partial safety factor method in structural design led to the conclusion that, in particular cases for
recently designed structures and especially for laboratory and on-site investigations of existing structures,
the use of the global safety factor format is more advantageous for reliability verification than the recently
applied partial safety factor format.
Keywords: reliability, safety, safety factor, action, effect, resistance, reliability index, coefficient of variation, design value, sensitivity factor

1. INTRODUCTION 2. reliability background of


This paper introduces and then compares two safety formats, the Partial safety factor
which are used for reliability verification of load carrying
structures.
format
One of them is the well-known partial safety factor format, Reliability analyses of load carrying structures based on
which was implemented in the Hungarian design codes in minimum life-cycle cost found the optimum risk against
the early fifties and later adopted by the Eurocode (EC). In ultimate failure as pRE10-4, to which a reliability index of
complex load cases, particularly when an action simultaneously =3.719 belongs (Krmn, 1965; Mistth, 2001). The value-
affects both the action and the resistance-side of the relevant pair of sensitivity factors E and R associated with equality
design requirement (e.g. the self-weight of earth for the design in the basic design requirement for ultimate limit state (ULS)
of cantilever-type (retaining) walls), the application of the Rd(t) =Ed(t) may generally be approximated as E= -0.6
partial safety factor format becomes very complicated and and R=0.8 (thus E2+R2=0.36+0.64=1.0). (See notations
difficult. Another problem arises for the supervision of existing in Fig. 1 where sR, sE and sRE are standard deviations (SD)
structures. In this latter case, the partial safety factors, which characterizing the distribution of resistance R(t), action E(t)
are recommended for newly-built structures and fixed by the and their difference R(t)-E(t), respectively. Henceforth, for
relevant design codes, may be lowered because the majority simplification, time t will not be indicated.)
of uncertainties related to the geometrical, strength and,
sometimes, loading parameters (design variables) are eliminated
owing to the on-site measurability of their statistical properties.
However, the specified reliability level covers not only the
uncertainties of design variables but also the uncertainties
related to the applied calculation model. Therefore, in order to
determine the reasonable degree of reduction in partial safety
factors for existing structures, the uncertainties included in the
partial factors have to be separated.
In the above cases, if modifying the partial safety factor
format by expressing the required reliability level by only one
global safety factor and then verifying the ultimate limit state
requirements by the corresponding global safety factor format, Fig. 1: Interpretation of the reliability index
the design procedure becomes more practical and transparent.
A limited application of this format, in which the partial risk of In providing background behind the applied partial safety factor
only the structural resistance was expressed by one R safety format, the EC (EN, 2002) sets a minimum value of =3.8
factor, was proposed as global resistance format by the associated with RC2 class structures and 50 years of reference
recently published fib Model Code 2010 (fib, 2010). period, and recommends to take the values of sensitivity factors
as E=-0.7 and R=0.8. These latter values, which do not fulfil
the E2+R2=1.0 condition, can be considered as safe-side

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approximations of the above ones. The study in this paper is
based on the reliability level set by the EC (=3.8) and focuses (4)
=
on the calculation of the global safety factor together with the
associated values of sensitivity factors.
where:
2.1 Reliability interpretation of de- Ed the design value of action(-side);
Rd the design value of resistance(-side);
sign values fck, fyk, fpk
characteristic value of concrete compression
Taking the assumption that the distribution function of both strength as well as of reinforcing and prestressing
the action-side (E) and the resistance-side (R) of the basic steel tensile strength, respectively, all defined as
ULS requirement follows the normal distribution and applying 5%-quantile values;
E=-0.6 and R=0.8 values of sensitivity factors, the partial c, s, p partial (safety) factor for concrete, reinforcing
risks belonging to the action-side and the resistance-side and prestressing steel, respectively;
are resulted in pE1% (E=0.63.8=2.28 pE=1.13%) Gk, Pk Qk characteristic value of permanent action,
and pR1 (R=0.83.8=3.04 pR=1.18) according prestressing and variable action, respectively,
to the EC. By the use of a logarithmic transformation on the all assumed to be defined as mean values;
resistance-side for numerical reasons, the design values in G, P, Q partial (safety) factor for permanent action,
the prestressing and variable action, respectively;
Rd, Sd partial (safety) factor associated with the
Rd Ed (1) uncertainty of the applied resistance and action
(and/or action effect) model;
basic ULS requirement can be formulated as follows: Ld design value of geometry defined as either
the design value of resistance: nominal value or nominal value + imperfection
depending on the significance of geometrical
(2a) data on reliability;
0 combination factor for variable action;
the design value of action: =0.85 reduction factor for unfavourable permanent
actions.
(2b)
2.3 Partial factors for resistance
The global safety factor can be deduced from Eq.(2a) and
Eq.(2b) as follows:
and their respective COV
values
(2)

where R and E are the resulting coefficients of variation


2.3.1 Background of partial factors for
(COV) of the resistance-side and the action-side in Eq.(1), resistance
respectively. When using the RE global safety factor, Eq.(1)
changes to The probabilistic approach of the partial safety factor method
is based on the assumption that the design value of resistance
Rm RE Em , (3) Rd, which, in the majority of cases, is typically a strength
parameter, can generally be calculated as
in which RE makes direct relation between the mean value of
resistance (Rm) and action (Em). Rd = R(f, m, G) (5)
Before demonstrating the practical application of Eq.(3), the
standardized procedure of the EC for the calculation of Rd where f is the related strength, m means the uncertainty
and Ed will be introduced then the relationships between the associated with the applied calculation model and G is the
partial safety factors and the respective COV values will be uncertainty associated with geometry1. The reliability-based
discussed in detail. design procedures further assume that all three variables (f,
m and G) are independent random variables, and that at least
2.2 Calculation of design values f follows the normal distribution. The partial risk pR set for
resistance-side is fully covered by the R partial safety factor,
according to the partial which transforms the related characteristic value Rk into the
corresponding design value Rd. According to the EC, the
safety factor format applied characteristic value Rk is determined solely in statistical way
by the EC as 5%-quantile value, and does not include any component in
association with geometry- or model-related uncertainty.
According to the combination rules of the EC, the design values
For civil engineering structures, the resistance-side of Eq.(4) is
in Eq.(1) in case of a prestressed concrete structural member
usually governed by only one dominant resistance parameter. It
are calculated as follows:
means that the other non-dominant resistance parameters have
only slight, thus, from probabilistic point of view, negligible
...
1
The Hungarian standards did not account for uncertainties associated with
calculation model and geometry therefore the corresponding partial safety
factors for resistance were smaller than that in the EC.

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effect on the whole resistance-side. Consequently, the design Out of the above three components, only cf is related to
value of this dominant resistance parameter Rd has to cover the statistical parameters of concrete strength, whose COV
full partial risk pR set for the resistance-side of Eq.(4). is assumed as cf = 0.15 (see Eq.(11)). When cf, which is
Taking the partial risk pR=1.18 given in Sec. 2.1 and determined from statistical analysis of strength data measured,
assuming that the dominant resistance parameter (e.g. a for example on existing structures, deviates from 0.15
material strength) R follows the normal distribution, the partial then both Eq.(11) and, consequently, c changes. Assuming
factor of R derives as cGcm=1.051.16 as constant, the following relations between
cf, cf and c exist:
. (6)
if cf = 0.20 then cf = 1.32 and c = 1.61,
Here if cf = 0.10 then cf = 1.15 and c = 1.40,
if cf = 0.05 then cf = 1.07 and c = 1.31 .
(7)
According to the EC2 (and to the Hungarian standard since the
where Rf is the COV associated with strength (f) only, bauxite concrete era), when evaluating an existing concrete
moreover Rm and RG are appropriately chosen (sometimes member, the cm partial factor component (associated with the
estimated) COV values covering the uncertainty of the applied uncertainty of the calculation model) may be omitted (e.g. set
calculation model (m) and geometry (G), respectively. to 1.0) thus

2.3.2 Components of the partial factor c = cf cG = 1.29 . (15)


for concrete When using geometrically controlled test specimens bored
According to (Soukov and Jungwirt, 1997), the partial factor for from an existing concrete member, the effect of geometry (and
concrete compressive strength, which is set to c=1.5 in the EC2 the associated partial factor component cG) may be divided
(EN, 2004) for usual permanent and transient design situations, into two components. One component (cG1) belongs strictly
is based on cf=0.15, cm=0.05 and cG=0.05 COV values. Using to geometrical sizes of the bored specimens which may be
Eq.(7), the resulting COV for concrete is calculated as omitted if these sizes are controlled and considered accordingly
during strength determination. Second component (cG2)
(7a) accounts for the deformation restraints of concrete unit being
close to failure. The latter may significantly be different for a
Furthermore, c may be decomposed into two parts as specimen bored out of a larger concrete block and then loaded
follows uniaxially as well as for a concrete unit as part of a confined
structural concrete member. In the above procedure, both parts
c = cM1 cM2 (8) are covered by cG and the associated cG. Their ratio should
be the topic of other studies. To sum up the above, in case of
where cM1 is related to strength and geometry and cM2 accounts strength determination carried out on geometrically controlled,
for the uncertainty of the calculation model. By the use of a bored test specimens, c (c) should include cf (cf) and the
logarithmic transformation similar to that in Eq(2a), the cM1 above second component of cG (cG2) (i.e. cf=0.05 results in
partial factor can be expressed as cf=1,07, and c=cfcG2). Nevertheless, the EC2 sets a minimum
value equal to 1.3 for c.
cM1 = exp(Rc 1.645cf) = 1.29 . (9)
2.3.3 Components of the partial factor
The cM1 may be further decomposed into cf (strictly related
to the statistical parameters of the distribution of strength) and
for reinforcing and prestressing
cG (related to geometry) as follows: steel
Although (Soukov and Jungwirt, 1997) does not address
cM1 = cf cG (10)
steel, a procedure similar to that in Sec. 2.3.2 for c can be
conducted for the partial factor s of (both reinforcing and
where
prestressing) steel. The s is set to s=(p=)1.15 in the EC2 for
cf = exp(Rcf 1.645cf) = 1.23 (11)
usual permanent and transient design situations, while the COV
associated with steel strength is taken as sf=0.05 in the relevant
and
literature. Accounting for the corresponding COV values set
cG = 1.29/1.23 = 1.05 . (12)
for concrete in Sec.2.3.2, the other two COV values for steel
may be assumed as sm=sG=0.03. Thus, the resulting COV for
Using the applied notations in Eq.(7), cM2 accounting for the
steel is calculated as:
uncertainty of the applied calculation model is replaced by cm
and calculated as
. (7b)
cM2 = cm = c/cM1 = 1.5/1.29 = 1.16 . (13)
The decomposition of s is expressed as
As a conclusion of the above, the partial factor for concrete
s = sM1 sM2 (16)
(c) has obtained as
where sM1 covers the uncertainty associated with strength
c = cf cG cm = 1.231.051.16 = 1.5 . (14)
and geometry and is formulated as

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transient design situations according to the EC together with
sM1 = exp(Rs 1.645sf) = 1.124 . (17) their respective COV values. The COV values based on partial
factors (3rd column) correspond to Eq.(7) (for resistances) and
The further decomposition of sM1 is expressed as to Eq.(25) (for actions) and were deduced from the given partial
factors (2nd column) by Eq.(6) and Eq.(24), respectively.
sM1 = sf sG (18)

where sf is related to statistical properties of the distribution 3. Application of the Global


of strength and calculated as
safety factor format
sf = exp(Rsf 1.645sf) = 1.072 (19)
3.1 Basic relationships
and sG is related to uncertainty of geometry as
Referring to Eq.(3), the ultimate limit state requirement is
verified by the global safety factor format if the
sG = 1.124/1.072 = 1.048 . (20)
Rm RE Em
The sM2, which accounts for the uncertainty of the applied
condition is met, where
calculation model, is replaced by sm and results in
(26)
sM2 = sm = s/sM1 = 1.15/1.124 = 1.023 . (21)

As a conclusion, the partial factor for steel (s) is composed


is the mean value of actions and RE is the global safety factor
as
according to Eq.(2). Numerical values of RE associated with
reliability index of =3.8 as well as sensitivity factors of R=0.8
s = sf sm sG = 1.0721.0231.048 = 1.15 . (22)
and E=-0.7 according to the EC can be found in Tab.2.
When existing reinforced (or prestressed) concrete members are Table 2: Numerical values of the global safety factor RE (accounting for
evaluated with the omission of the sm partial factor component reliability index =3.8 as well as sensitivity factors R=0.8 and E=-0.7)
(i.e. sm=1.0), the s partial factor results in
R
s = sf sG = 1.124 . (23) RE
0.05 0.10 0.15 0.2 0.25 0.3 0.35
Analogously to c, s may be further adjusted by determin- 0.050 1.319 1.536 1.788 2.081 2.423 2.820 3.283
ing sf statistically from strength data measured on geometri- 0.100 1.474 1.716 1.997 2.325 2.707 3.151 3.669
cally controlled test specimens cut out of an existing concrete
member. However, the ratio of sG1 and sG2 may significantly 0.125 1.551 1.806 2.102 2.447 2.849 3.317 3.862
be different compared to that for concrete. 0.150 1.629 1.896 2.207 2.570 2.991 3.483 4.054
E
0.175 1.706 1.986 2.312 2.692 3.134 3.648 4.247
2.4 Partial factors for action and
0.200 1.783 2.076 2.417 2.814 3.276 3.814 4.440
their respective COV values 0.250 1.938 2.257 2.627 3.058 3.560 4.145 4.825
According to the interpretation of the EC, the E partial factor of 0.300 2.093 2.437 2.837 3.302 3.845 4.476 5.210
an action (i.e. g, P or q in Eq.(4)) is the quotient of the design
value (defined as 95%-quantile value) and the characteristic
value (generally considered as mean value) of this action,
3.2 Example for the application of
which can be expressed as the global safety factor format
The practical application of the global safety factor format will
E = 1 + 1.645 E . (24)
be demonstrated on the following fictitious simply-supported
beam with constant cross-section as shown in Fig.2.
Similar to Eq.(7), E is interpreted as

(25)

where the respective COV value associated with


the statistical properties characterizing the distribution of
action-intensities is Ef ;
the uncertainty of the calculation model is Em ; Fig. 2: Notations used in the numerical example
the uncertainty of geometry is EG .
Characteristic values of actions (defined as mean values; see
2.5 Summary of the partial factors Sec. 2.2): permanent load (including self-weight): gk; live
and the respective COV values load: qk.
Cross-sectional data: width: b; height: h; span: L; distance
Tab.1 summarizes the partial factors to be applied for usual between tension reinforcement and extreme tension fibre
permanent and variable actions as well as for usual structural (including unfavourable deviation of reinforcement): a.
materials (concrete, reinforcing, prestressing) in permanent and

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Table 1: Partial factors of the EC2 and the respective coefficients of variation
Partial Coefficient of variation (COV) based on
Design variable
Factor partial factors1) on-site measurements3)
Actions
g=1.15
unfavourable permanent action g=0.091
(=0,851,35)
favourable permanent action g=1.35 g=0.213
gf, qf, Lf1
traffic loads q=1.35 q=0.213

variable actions
q=1.50 q=0.304
(other than traffic loads)
Resistances
concrete compressive strength c=1.5 c=0.1662)
cf, sf,Lf2
reinforcing and prestressing steel strength s=1.15 s=0.0662)

Notes:
1)
COV values deduced from partial factors of the EC
2)
as an example, the cf and sf components of the c and s (resulting) COV values were statistically determined on standardized samples taken from
existing structures as cf=0.158 and s=0.061.
3)
For investigations of existing structures, the determination of COV components, which statistically characterize the distribution of design variables, can
be based on on-site measurements. Here, for a typical concrete girder, gf, qf, Lf, cf and sf represents the COV value of permanent action (i.e. gf1, gf2,
... etc. for more permanent actions), variable action (i.e. qf1, qf2, ... etc.), geometrical data (Lf1 is associated with geometrical data influencing the actions
(e.g. main longitudinal sizes of the girder), and Lf2 is associated with geometrical sizes influencing the resistance data (e.g. cross-sectional data)), concrete
strength and (reinforcing or prestressing) steel strength, respectively. See the numerical example based on deduced COV values in Sec. 3.2.1 and on COV
values obtained from on-site measurements in Sec. 3.2.2.

Cross-sectional area of reinforcement (reinforcing steel):


As. (27)
Strengths: concrete compressive strength: fck (mean value:
fcm); reinforcing steel strength: fyk (mean value: fym). Mean value of the bending moment at midspan:
According to the partial safety factor method adopted
by the EC, the recommended values of the relevant partial
factors are g=1,35 and =0,85 for the unfavourable permanent (28)
actions; q=1,5 for live loads; c=1,5 for concrete and s=1,15
for reinforcing steel as summarized in Tab.1. Combination The expression of the resulting standard deviation for the
factor for live load: 0. multi-variant
resistance-side:
3.2.1 Verification of bending capacity
(29)
during design
This section applies to newly-built structures by introducing
action-side:
the global safety factor format as a design tool alternative to
the widely recommended partial safety factor format.
At the time of design, neither the statistical properties of
(30)
distribution nor the other uncertainties of the related design
variables are known, therefore the designer has no choice
and the resulting COV value for
but to apply COV values deduced from the respective partial
the resistance-side:
safety factors given by the relevant standard. For the EC, these
deduced values can be found in Tab.1.
For the sake of simplicity, the nominal values of all
(31)
geometrical data are taken as design values (see Sec.2.2) by
supposing no uncertainty and respective COV values equal
the action-side:
to zero. Consequently, the geometrical data are not treated as
random variables in the following procedure; however, the
(32)
unfavourable deviation of reinforcement from its intended
position, which influences the structural depth d=h-a, is
considered in a in the same way as for the partial safety factor
In accordance with the above, the applied COV values for
method.
actions (g and q) and materials (s and c) are deduced from
In using Eq.(3) for the bending verification of the beam
the relevant partial factors and summarized in Tab.1. Here,
shown in Fig. 2, the mean value of both the resistance-
g=0.091 belonging to g=0.851.35 was taken because, on
side (MRm) and the action-side (MEm) can be calculated as
the basis of the current permanent/variable load ratio, the
follows:
second alternative combination in Eq.(4) provided higher
Mean value of the ultimate bending capacity:

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action effect. In closely following the design process of the Note that the values of sensitivity factors in the last iteration
EC, the mean compressive strength of concrete fcm was taken step (E3= -0.844 and R3=0.536) significantly differ from
from the relevant EC2 formula (fcm=fck+8 N/mm2) based on their initial values (E1=-0.7 and R1=0.7) as well as from that
constant SD instead of calculating it from the characteristic recommended by the EC (E=-0.7 and R3=0.8), see. Sec.2).
(5%-quantile) value fck with constant COV (cf) according to This supports the fact that the introduced global safety factor
Sec.2.3.2. Because no formula for the mean strength of steel method is able to take the current variability of action- and
(fym) was given in the EC2, it was calculated from fyk using resistance-sides into account and to divide the design risk
constant sf according to Sec.2.3.3. pRE between them accordingly instead of applying previously
After calculating R and E by Eq.(31) and Eq.(32) and using recommended, constant partial risks pE and pR.
the reliability index of =3.8 specified by the EC according to
Sec.2, the global safety factor can be calculated in iterative 3.2.2 Verification of bending capacity
way from Eq.(2). The applied sensitivity factors R and E have
to fulfil the R2+E2=1.0 condition in each iteration step. The
for existing structures
procedure starts with R=0.7 and E=-0,7 (R2+E2=0.981.0), This section applies the design procedure introduced for
which corresponds to equal partial risks (pR=pE) at both sides newly-built structures in Sec. 3.2.1 to existing structures
of Eq.(1), then they are refined in each step until RE remains on the basis of the assumption that the necessary statistical
unchanged compared to the previous step. The value of RE properties (i.e. COV values) of the relevant design variables
converges very quickly. The bending capacity is adequate if (i.e. load intensities, geometrical properties and strength data)
RE of the last step fulfils Eq.(3). The numerical results of the are available from extensive on-site measurements.
full procedure can be found in Tab.3. Since standardized strength properties without any
conversion may be determined only from standardized test
Instead of the above iteration procedure, a safe-side specimens, therefore, in taking concrete test specimens
approximation of RE3, which corresponds to identical (generally cylinders) with sizes differing from standardized
reliability level (=3.8), may be determined by the use of ones cut out of an existing structure, attention should be paid
the recommended values of R and E as discussed in Sec.2. to appropriate strength conversion. Tab.4 contains conversion
These RE factors may be chosen from Tab.2 as function of factors between concrete cylinders having different height/
the above R and E. diameter ratios. As an example, strengths values measured on
Table 3: Verification of bending capacity with the global safety factor format during design

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Table 4: Conversion factors for concrete cylinders (Szalai, 1998)
Conversion between cylinders with different height/
Conversion between cylinders with constant height/diameter ratio (g2)
diameter ratio (g3)
standardized height/
cylinder diameter Standardized cylinder diameter: height/diameter
diameter
[mm] 150 mm ratio
ratio: 2.0
6/2 1.1
200 1.05
5/2 1.05
150 1.00
4/2 1.00
100 0.925
3/2 0.95
80 0.875
2/2 0.85
70 0.850
1/2 0.65

a concrete test cylinder with height of 200 mm and diameter


of 200 mm can be converted into strength values belonging to
standard test cylinders with height/diameter ratio of 300/150 by
multiplying the measured strength values with g2g3 where
g2=1.05 and g3=0.85 according to Tab.4.
It was assumed that previous on-site measurements on
concrete beam shown in Fig. 2 were carried out regarding
load intensities, geometrical data (related to actions and
resistances) and strengths properties from which their main
statistical characteristics (mean values and COV values) were
deduced.
The mean values obtained from on-site measurements were
assumed to be equal to the respective characteristic values for
loading data (gm=gk; qm=qk), to the respective nominal values
for geometrical data (Lm=L; hm=h, bm=b; am=a, Asm=As) and (35)
to values slightly higher than the respective standardized
mean values (see Sec. 3.2.1) (fcm; fym). Accounting for the action-side:
considerations discussed in Sec.2.3.1-2.3.3 and Sec.2.4, the
respective COV values were assumed as follows:

Loading data:
permanent load: gf=0.07 (< g=0.091 (g=1.15) in Tab1);
live load: qf=0.24 (< q=0.304 (q=1.5) in Tab1); (36)
Geometrical data:
span: Lf=0.01; and the resulting COV value for
cross-sectional height: hf=0.02 (> Lf); the resistance-side:
cross-sectional width: bf=0.02 (= hf);
reinforcement position: af=0.3 (accounting for unfavourable
deviation); (37)
area of reinforcement: Asf=0.01;
the action-side:
Resistance data
concrete strength: c=0.17
(> cf=0.15 (incl. cG2) based on Sec.2.3.2); (38)
steel strength: s=0.06
(> sf=0.05 (incl. sG2) based on Sec.2.3.3). The calculation procedure is identical to that in Sec.3.2.1. The
As shown from the above list, in contrast to Sec.3.2.1, here numerical results can be found in Tab.5.
all geometrical data are considered fully as random variables Regarding the final values of sensitivity factors E3 and R3,
with known mean values and COV values. the same, which was concluded in Sec.3.2.1, applies.
Expressions Eq.(27)-Eq.(32) used in Sec.3.2.1 change ac-
cordingly as follows:
Mean value of the ultimate bending capacity: 4. Conclusions
(33) The paper introduced the application of the global safety factor
format for the verification of bending capacity of a simply-
Mean value of the bending moment at midspan: supported beam. The benefits of this verification format against
the partial safety factor format were discussed for existing
(34) structures. The application of this format was introduced on
the basis of standardized safety elements and also of on-site-
The expression of the resulting standard deviation for the measured data. The biggest advantage of this format is that, in
multi-variant each design situation, the total risk specified (e.g. by the EC)
resistance-side: can be divided between the action-side and the resistance-side
of the design requirement by taking the current variability of

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Table 5: Verification of bending capacity with the global safety factor format for existing structuresHere a safe-side approximation of RE3 may also be chosen
from Tab.2 as function of R and E instead of the above iteration procedure. Another simplification for cases when statistical properties of loading data are not
available is the substitution of gf and qf with g and q being in Tab.1 and not treating L as random variable similarly to that in Sec.3.2.1.

both sides into account. This can not be done if constant partial Szalai, K. (1998): Reinforced Concrete structures (in Hungarian)
risks are applied as recommended by the partial safety factor Megyetemi Kiad, Budapest
method according to the EC.

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