Reinforced Concrete Design to Eurocode 2

Concrete is arguably the most important building material, playing a part in all building structures. Its virtue is its versatility, i.e. its ability to be moulded to take up the shapes required for the various structural forms. It is also very durable and fire resistant when specification and construction procedures are correct.

Reinforced concrete is a composite material of steel bars embedded in a hardened concrete matrix; concrete, assisted by the steel, carries the compressive forces, while steel resists tensile forces. Concrete itself is a composite material. The dry mix consists of cement and coarse and fine aggregates. Water is added and this reacts with the cement which hardens and binds the aggregates into the concrete matrix; the concrete matrix sticks or bonds onto the reinforcing bars.

Eurocode 2 is the current standard for the design and construction of reinforced concrete structures in Europe and in many parts of the world. There are several books on the market and below I present two of the most detailed and complete ones on reinforced concrete design to eurocode 2.


1) Reinforced Concrete Design: to Eurocode 2 by W.H. Mosley, Ray Hulse and J. H. Bungey (Author)


Reinforced Concrete Design: to Eurocode 2

The seventh edition of the text has been fully revised and updated to reflect the interpretation and use of Eurocode 2 since its introduction. Students and practitioners, both in the UK and elsewhere in the world where Eurocode 2 has been adopted, will find it a concise guide both to the basic theory and to appropriate design procedures.

Design charts, tables and formulae are included as design aids and, for ease of reference, an appendix contains a summary of important design information.

Features of the seventh edition are:

• Completely revised to reflect recent experience of the usage of Eurocode 2 since its introduction in 2004 and its adoption in the UK as a design standard in 2010
• Further examples of the theory put into practice
• A new chapter on water retaining structures in accordance with Eurocode 2, Part 3
• New sections on, for example, design processes including conceptual design, deep beams and an expanded treatment of designing for fire resistance.


On the 6th edition:
Reinforced Concrete Design is a well-written update to a popular text book. It is comprehensive and will be a useful resource for students and practitioners alike.’ Civil Engineering

‘Well written, well presented. Good use of worked examples.’ Philip Garrison, Department of Civil Engineering, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK

‘Nice book with good examples and illustrations. Liked by students.’ Dr Messaoud Saidani, School of Science and the Environment, Coventry University, UK

‘Excellent text for all levels of undergraduate reinforced concrete design courses.’ Dr Clare Wood, Faculty of Engineering, Swansea University, UK

2) Reinforced Concrete Design to Eurocodes by Prab Bhatt , T.J. MacGinley and Ban Seng Choo (Author)


Reinforced Concrete Design to Eurocodes: Design Theory and Examples

This fourth edition of a bestselling textbook has been extensively rewritten and expanded in line with the current Eurocodes. It presents the principles of the design of concrete elements and of complete structures, with practical illustrations of the theory. It explains the background to the Eurocode rules and goes beyond the core topics to cover the design of foundations, retaining walls, and water retaining structures. The text includes more than sixty worked out design examples and more than six hundred diagrams, plans, and charts. It suitable for civil engineering courses and is a useful reference for practicing engineers.


I do not know of an equivalent textbook that has the scope of this one. …The list of topics is very comprehensive. …This would be a very good book to recommend for a course in the structural design of concrete. …This book is a one stop shop for the structural design of concrete structures – the book for structural concrete designers to have ‘at their elbow’ and students to have to when learning about the design of concrete structure. I know of no other book that covers such a range of topics including: water retaining structures, comprehensive treatment of the Strut-tie method with a link to finite element output. Proper background to design of statically indeterminate structures with a proper treatment of joint rotation capacity, comprehensive treatment of: yieldline method, Hillerborg’s strip method, design using elastic stress fields, etc and the design of whole structure as opposed to individual elements only. …The explanations of the theory are clearly expressed and there are lots of good examples. Of special importance are the examples that cover complete systems and components rather than just single topics.
––Iain MacLeod, Emeritus Professor, University of Strathclyde, UK

“The main strengths of this publication are the illustration of key concepts and approaches with numerous worked examples. … The contents deal with the fundamental material required for students of structural design. Additionally, more in-depth coverage of structure-specific design is presented which will be of benefit to practicing engineers. … This book presents the fundamentals of reinforced concrete behavior and design to the Eurocodes in a clear and concise manner. All the key concepts and design procedures are well illustrated with worked examples and as such the content will be invaluable to students of structural design. The in-depth coverage of specific applications such as water retaining structures, make this book a useful reference for practicing engineers. …”
––Dr Lee Cunningham, Lecturer, University of Manchester School of Mechanical, Aerospace & Civil Engineering, University of Manchester, UK

Useful Material

How To Design Concrete Structures Using Eurocode 22.7 MiB16773
Worked Examples For Eurocode 23.7 MiB917

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