Critique of the fib Model Code for Concrete Structures 2010

The fib Model Code for Concrete Structures (2010) offers advice to engineers practicing in the field of the design of reinforced concrete. The code permits the use of finite element analysis and provides a description of the method with some warnings to the designer. One statement suggests that finite element stresses are lower than theoretical values. This, however, is based on a rather simplistic understanding of the finite element method and, in practice, stress might also be greater than the theoretical value. An example of this is offered in the critique to be found on this page.