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Re: Definition of "Service" Loads

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Service load definition is given in section 2.2 of ACI 318 amongst other
codes and references. Almost all are unanimous in the definition that these
are loads (unfactored) required by building codes to meet serviceability
provisions - like for example deflection - therefore service loads are dead
and live generally. For water retaining structures, for example, it may
include hydrostatic load and so on.

On Thu, Jun 12, 2014 at 2:54 PM, <lrhauer(--nospam--at)> wrote:

> To All,
> This subject has most likely already been discussed, but what is the
> definition
> of "Service" loads? Sevral software programs I use imply that it is a
> "factored" load. In othrwords for seismic application, the WSD load divided 
> by 0.7, (or multiplied by 1.4), making it the "strength" level load.
> Another
> engineer, (and definitions if googled), say "Service" loads are the WSD
> loads befoe being factored.
> Any thoughts and maybe a specific reference like a definition in the IBC,
> ASCE, ACI, etc? (Which I have not found, yet!).
> Thanks in advance,
> Larry Hauer, S.E.

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