Actions combinations and effects

The use of the word action to describe loads (and other entities that act like loads) reminds us of Newton's Third Law of Motion:

'To every action there is always opposed an equal reaction.'6

In Eurocode terms, the 'reaction' is known as an effect. That is: action = cause

reaction = effect

The following sub-sections explain the way in which the Structural Eurocodes define actions, combinations of actions, and the effects that arise from them.

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