ACI 318-11& PCA Notes On 318-11

ACI 318-11& PCA Notes On 318-11

This Commentary discusses some of the considerations of
Committee 318 in developing the provisions contained in
“Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete (ACI
318-11),” hereinafter called the Code or the 2011 Code.
Emphasis is given to the explanation of new or revised
provisions 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 commentary
independent 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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