Seismic design of steel structures to Eurocode 8

Ahmed Elghazouli

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This paper examines procedures employed in the seismic design of steel framed structures according to the provisions of Eurocode 8. General design considerations are described and capacity design verifications, for both moment and braced frames, assessed. The rationality and clarity of the underlying design principles utilised in EC 8 are highlighted. It is shown that several inherent Idealisations and assumptions warrant careful treatment and consideration in the design process as these can lead to Inadvertent departure from performance objectives. Possible misinterpretation of design procedures, coupled with unnecessary emphasis given to some code clauses, can also result in uneconomical or impractical solutions. Accordingly, a number of clarifications and modifications to code procedures are offered.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Specialist publicationStructural Engineer
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jun 2007


  • Buildings
  • Eurocode 8
  • Frames
  • Seismic design
  • Steel

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction


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