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Structural types according to Eurocode 8

According to EC8 (ยง5.2.2.1) concrete buildings should be classified to the following structural types:

The most recent standards for the design of concrete buildings adopt lower behavior factors for the wall systems in comparison with the frame ones. This happens because:

The actual behavior of walls and wall systems under cyclic loading is less examined than the one of frame systems, because scientific research in walls is more difficult and analytical. As a result, the standards establish larger security margins (Fardis, 2009 b).

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