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08:16 Mar 6, 2007
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Spanish to English translations [PRO] Tech/Engineering - Construction / Civil Engineering / structures
Explanation: For the sake of the glossary, I will provide an answer. The former is by far the most common.
Limit state design
Limit state design refers to a design methodology used in structural engineering. Most modern buildings are designed in accordance with a code which is based on limit state theory. For example, in the UK, Steel structures are designed in accordance with BS 5950, and reinforced concrete structures to BS 8110, both of which are codes based on limit state theory. Canada, Australia and New Zealand also utilise limit state theory.
A limit state is a set of performance criteria (e.g. vibration levels, deflection, strength), stability (buckling, twisting, collapse) that must be met when the structure is subject to loads. Limit state design requires the structure to satisfy two principal criteria: the ultimate limit state (ULS) and the serviceability limit state (SLS).