In this paper the shear resistance of a member without shear reinforcement according to Eurocode 2 is investigated. This expression, as most expressions of design codes typically used to estimate the nominal shear resistance, has been created based on experimental investigations. It will be verified that in case of non-prestressed reinforced concrete member without stirrups, the shear resistance is carried by the shear resistance of the compressive zone; and the shear resistance given by the empirical expression of Eurocode 2 is actually the shear resistance of the compressive zone.
Knowing the mechanical background of the empirical expressions of Eurocode 2, the limits of its applicability can be shown, thus its error can be predicted. Using the reports of experimental investigations, it is easy to find cases to prove the correctness of the error-prediction. In this paper simple modifications will be suggested to Eurocode 2 shear design procedures, by which a more consistent level of safety can be ensured.