123 Design Codes And Databases

As discussed in the introduction, in this discussion design codes are widely accepted but general rules for the construction of components or systems where safety is important. Often design codes, like standards, are developed as voluntary, consensus documents. Eventually widespread acceptability and utility of design codes may cause them to become legally binding in some circumstances.

Databases are often linked to design codes because engineers using the design codes need ready access to engineering materials that have been "qualified" for inclusion in the design code. This connection of databases and design codes does not always exist, and with the increasing popularity of relational, electronic database formats, stand-alone electronic databases for advanced materials are becoming more common.

In the following sections, national and international efforts at design codes and databases for advanced materials will be briefly discussed. Where appropriate illustrative examples will be included.

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