Useful Eurocode-related books

The authoritative source for Eurocode-related information is, of course, the Eurocodes themselves. BSI Eurocode page, also steel NCCI (non-contradictory complementary information) papers.

The following books may help you improve your knowledge of structural design using the Eurocodes. Prices, where given, are for guidance only and have been taken from the Amazon UK web site in most cases.


Extracts from the Structural Eurocodes for students of structural design

BSI, third ed.2010, ISBN 0-580-69457-7, 683pp £37.34

A bargain at the price (not always true of BSI publications!). The core material from Eurocodes 0-9 is included together with some useful commentary (clearly distinguishable by its grey background). Note that there is only a limited acknowledgement of NA modifications which can be significant in the case of UK steel design (for example, the worked example on p.54 uses a section with a flange thickness of 17mm; a fy stress of 275N/mm2 is used, not 265N/mm2 which would be required when designing to the UK NA.

Structural Elements Design Manual: Working with Eurocodes

Trevor Draycott & Peter Bullman, second ed. 2009, ISBN 0-7506-8668-6, 256pp £21.48

Concrete, steel, masonry and timber design using Eurocodes. A good accessible introduction to the Eurocodes - the authors deliberately decided to omit all the BS material on which the first edition is based. Note that the technical content is more limited than Design of Structural Elements (below) - for example there is no coverage of steel connections - but this book may well be preferred by those who are not primarily engineers.

Design of Structural Elements

Chanayka Arya, Taylor & Francis, 2009, ISBN 0-415-46720-9, 494pp £24.49

Concrete, steel, masonry and timber design to British Standards and Eurocodes. Only the last 180 pages are Eurocode specific but the content is more up to date than many of the books listed here and goes into greater depth than Structural Elements Design Manual

Steel Building Design: Introduction to the Eurocodes

M.E.Brettle, Steel Construction Institute 2009, ISBN 1-85942-180-2, 29pp

Obviously, given the publisher, this only discusses steel design but the content on EC0 and EC1 is clear and easy to follow Order info

Also available as a free download [PDF] from Corus

Designers' Guide to EN1990 Eurocode: Basis of Structural Design

Gulvanessian et al, Thomas Telford 2002, ISBN 0-7277-3011-8, £47.50

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Wind actions to BS EN 1991-1-4

A.F.Hughes, Steel Construction Institute 2014, ISBN 978-1-85942-210-6, £50 SCI Bookshop

Another excellently produced SCI publication that covers the subject in depth with introductory chapters 'The nature of wind', 'How wind acts on buildings' and 'How buildings react to wind' followed by detailed coverage of the Eurocode calculation procedure.


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Gardner & Nethercot, Thomas Telford 2011, ISBN 0-7277-4172-1, £49.99

An excellent book.

The Behaviour and Design of Steel Structures to EC3

Trahair, Bradford, Nethercot & Gardner, Taylor & Francis 2008, ISBN 0-415-41866-6, 485pp £28.59

A very comprehensive book with a strong bias towards the theory.

SCI P362: Steel Building Design: Concise Eurocodes

M.E.Brettle & D.G.Brown, Steel Construction Institute 2009, ISBN 1-85942-194-9, 107pp

As with all SCI publications, excellently presented, and covers most aspects of steelwork design that EuroBeam users will encounter Order info

Also available as a free download [PDF] from the site.

SCI P364: Steel Building Design: Worked Examples - Open Sections

M.E.Brettle, Steel Construction Institute 2009, ISBN 1-85942-183-3

The title is self-explanatory. 'Open sections' = non-hollow sections, UBs and UCs. Order info

Also available as a free download [PDF] from the site.

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Design of Steel Structures

Eurocode 3: Design of Steel Structures Part 1-1: General rules and rules for buildings

da Silva et al, ECCS Portugal 2010, 429pp, ISBN 92-9147-098-3 70E

Solid background to Eurocode 3, well presented and readable. As with the other ECCS (European Convention for Constructional Steelwork) publications below, it makes no reference to UK National Annexe (NA) specific requirements. Order info

Rules for Member Stability in EN1993-1-1: Background documentation and design guidelines

Boissonnade et al, ECCS Portugal 2006, 257pp, ISBN 92-9147-000-84

A very scary book that attempts to explain everything you need to know about lateral torsional buckling. Not for the timid! Order info

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European Recommendations for the Design of Simple Joints in Steel Structures

Jaspart et al, ECCS Portugal 2009, 89pp, ISBN 92-9147-000-95

A well-written and easy to understand book giving design guidance for fin plate and flexible end plate connections; angle cleat connections can be designed by combining the relevant guidance for fin and end plate connections. If you're going to use EuroBeam's connection routines this book is recommended, the more so given its low price. Order info



Structural Timber Design to Eurocode 5

Porteous & Kermani, Blackwell second edition 2013, ISBN 978-0-0470-65700-7, 624pp, £45.66

A very comprehensive guide to Eurocode 5, revised to incorporate EC5 changes. One Amazon reviewer prefers this book because it goes more deeply into the theory than McKenzie.

Design of Structural Timber to Eurocode 5

McKenzie & Zhang, Palgrave Macmillan 2007, ISBN 0230-00777-2, 494pp, £30.58

Another comprehensive guide to Eurocode 5.


Designer' Guide to Eurocode 5: Design of Timber Buildings

Jack Porteous & Peter Ross, ICE Publishing 2013, ISBN 978-0-7277-3162-3, 202pp, £58.50

Another good book, relatively formal presentation of the subject.

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