Eurocode 5: Load Duration

Eurocode 5: Load Duration

Date Published

1 November 2023

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Edinburgh Napier University

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Load duration is the accumulated value of time during a structure’s lifespan that loads will be applied.

Calculations of load duration enable structural designs to be made which optimise timber’s ability to withstand higher stresses under shorter periods of time.

Eurocode 5: Design of Timber Structures is a technical standard which details five load-duration classes for timber.