72 Design Codes

The primary design code for reinforced concrete structures in U.S. design practice is given by the American Concrete Institute (ACI) 318. The latest edition of this code is dated 2002 and is the main reference of this chapter. Most local and state jurisdictions, as well as many national organizations, have adopted ACI 318 for the coverage of reinforced concrete in their design codes. There may be minor changes or additions. The ACI code is incorporated into International Building Code (IBC), as well as the bridge design codes of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). The ACI Code is recognized internationally; design concepts and provision adopted by other countries are similar to those found in ACI 318.

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