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Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete (ACI 318M-11) 2

Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete (ACI 318M-11)


This Commentary discusses some of the considerations ofCommittee 318 in developing the provisions contained in“Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete (ACI318M-11),” hereinafter called the Code or the 2011 Code.Emphasis is given to the explanation of new or revisedprovisions that may be unfamiliar to Code users. In addition,comments are included for some items contained in previous editions of the Code to make the present commentaryindependent of the previous editions. Comments on specific provisions are made under the corresponding chapter and section numbers of the Code.

The Commentary is not intended to provide a complete historical background concerning the development of the Code, nor is it intended to provide a detailed résumé of the studies and research data reviewed by the committee in formulating the provisions of the Code. However, references to some of the research data are provided for those who wish to study the background material in depth.

As the name implies, “Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete” is meant to be used as part of a legally adopted building code and as such must differ in form and substance from documents that provide detailed specifications, recommended practice, complete design procedures, or design aids.

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