Third edition of “Reinforced Concrete Basics”

Third edition of “Reinforced Concrete Basics” The third edition of industry classic Reinforced Concrete Basics has recently been released, authored by CIES Professor Stephen Foster, with colleagues Dr Andrew Kilpatrick and Emeritus Professor Robert Warner of the University of Adelaide.

It provides an up-to-date, practical treatment of reinforced concrete design in accordance with the current, amended edition of the Australian Concrete Structures Standard AS 3600, and takes account of latest industry developments, including the use of high-strength concrete and higher-strength reinforcing steel.

This third edition became necessary because of important changes recently made to AS 3600. These include new approaches to calculating crack widths and to design for shear and torsion, as well as changes in the capacity reduction factors (φ), and hence the implied safety levels in the AS 3600 design procedures.

Reinforced Concrete Basics has been written for students and practising structural engineers. The concepts of analysis and design are presented from a fundamental viewpoint so that the text will be of value to readers using other codes and standards.

Stephen Foster is UNSW Professor and currently Acting Dean of Engineering; he was Head of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UNSW Sydney 2013–2020. He is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, Fellow of the International Federation for Structural Concrete (fib), an Honorary Member of the Concrete Institute of Australia, Honorary life member of the fib. Dr Foster has over 350 publications in the field of structural concrete. He is actively involved in the development of national and international standards and has been an educator, researcher, and engineer for more than 35 years. He is a member on Standards Australia Committee BD002 (since 2002) and made significant contributions to the development of AS 3600. 

Reinforced Concrete Basics is available at UNSW Bookshop –


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