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FIGURE 7.8 Typical support conditions for locating factored shear force Vu.
7.12.2.8.2 Modifications for HighStrength and Lightweight Concretes
For concretes with compressive strengths greater than 10,000 psi, the values of yf in all the shear capacity and design equations above should not exceed 100 psi. For lightweight concretes, yf should be multiplied by 0.75 for alllightweight concrete, or 0.85 for sandlightweight concrete. If the tensile strength ft of the concrete is specified, yf may be substituted by ft/6.7, but should not be greater than f
7.12.2.9 Detailing of Transverse Reinforcement
Transverse reinforcement should extend close to the compression face of a member, as far as cover allows, because at ultimate state deep cracks may cause loss of anchorage. Stirrup should be hooked around a longitudinal bar by a standard stirrup hoop (see Figure 7.9). It is preferable to use transverse reinforcement size No. 5 or smaller. It is more difficult to bend a No. 6 or larger bar tightly around a longitudinal bar. For transverse reinforcement sizes No. 6, No. 7, and No. 8, a standard stirrup hook must be accompanied by a minimum embedment length of 0.0144>f/yf measured between the midheight of the member and the outside end of the hook.
7.12.3 OneWay Slab Design
When the load normal to the surface of a slab is transferred to the supports primarily in one major direction, the slab is referred to as a oneway slab. For a slab panel supported on all four edges, oneway action occurs when the aspect ratio, the ratio of its longtoshort span length, is greater than 2. Under oneway action, the moment diagram remains essentially constant across the width of the slab. Hence, the design procedure of a oneway slab can be approached by visualizing the slab as an assembly of the same beam strip of unit width. This beam strip can be designed using the same design steps and formulas presented in the previous section for regular rectangular beams.
The required cover for oneway slab is less than for beams, typically 4 in. The internal forces in oneway slabs are usually lower, so smaller bar sizes are used. The design may be controlled by the minimum temperature and shrinkage reinforcement. Shear is rarely a controlling factor for oneway slab design. Transverse reinforcement is difficult to install in oneway slabs. It is more economical to thicken or haunch the slab.
Developf stress here r— db Bar diameter
180° Hook
Bending radius
No. 3 through No. 8 bar No. 9 through No. 11 bar No. 14 through No. 18 bar
FIGURE 7.9 Standard hooked bar details.
Developf stress here r— db Bar diameter
180° Hook
Bending radius
No. 3 through No. 8 bar No. 9 through No. 11 bar No. 14 through No. 18 bar
FIGURE 7.9 Standard hooked bar details.
7.12.3.1 Shrinkage and Temperature Reinforcement (ACI 7.12)
For Grade 60 reinforcement, the area of shrinkage and temperature reinforcement should be 0.0018 times the gross concrete area of the slab. Bars should not be spaced farther than five times the slab thickness or 18 in. The shrinkage and temperature requirements apply in both directions of the slab, and the reinforcement must be detailed with adequate development length where yielding is expected.
7.12.4 TBeam Design
Where a slab is cast integrally with abeam, the combined crosssection acts compositely (see Figure 7.10). The design of Tbeam differs from that of a rectangular beam only in the positive moment region, where part of the internal compression force occurs in the slab portion. The design procedures and formulas for Tbeam design are the same as for rectangular beams, except for the substitution of b in the equations with an effective width beff at positive moment sections. The determination of beff is given in Figure 7.10. The effective width beff takes into account the participation of the slab in resisting compression. In the rare case where the depth of the compression stress block a exceeds the slab thickness, a general stressstrain compatibility analysis would be required. For shear design the crosssection width should be taken as the width of the web bw.
7.12.4.1 Requirements for TBeam Flanges
If the Tbeam is an isolated beam and the flanges are used to provide additional compression area, the flange thickness should be not less than one half the width of the web and the effective flange width not more than four times the width of the web. For a slab that forms part of the Tbeam flange and if the slab primary flexural reinforcement runs parallel to the Tbeam, adequate transverse reinforcement needs
Lesser of D/2, 6h, 12 of beam span length
Lesser of D/2 or 8h beff
Lesser of D/2, 6h, 12 of beam span length
Lesser of D/2 or 8h beff
FIGURE 7.10 Tbeam section.
Temperature reinforcement
 Top slab
Temperature reinforcement
 Top slab
FIGURE 7.11 Oneway joist.
FIGURE 7.11 Oneway joist.
to be provided in the slab by treating the flange as a cantilever. The full cantilevering length is taken for an isolated Tbeam; otherwise, the effective flange length is taken.
7.12.5 OneWay Joist Design
A oneway joist floor system consists of a series of closely spaced Tbeams (see Figure 7.11). The ribs of joists should not be less than 4 in. in width and should have a depth not more than 3.5 times the minimum width of the rib. Flexural reinforcement is determined by Tsection design. The concrete ribs normally have sufficient shear capacity so that shear reinforcement is not necessary. A 10% increase is allowed in the concrete shear capacity calculation, Vc, if the clear spacing of the ribs does not exceed 30 in. Alternatively, higher shear capacity can be obtained by thickening the rib at the ends of the joist where the high shear demand occurs. If shear reinforcements are added, they are normally in the form of singleleg stirrups. The concrete forms or fillers that form the joists may be left in place; their vertical stems can be considered part of the permanent joist design if their compressive strength is at least equal to the joist. The slab thickness over the permanent forms should not be less than of the clear distance between ribs or less than 1.5 in. Minimum shrinkage and temperature reinforcement need to be provided in the slab over the joist stems. For structural integrity, at least one bottom bar in the joist should be continuous or spliced with a Class A tension splice (see Section 7.17) over continuous supports. At discontinuous end supports, bars should be terminated with a standard hook.
7.13 TwoWay Floor Systems
Design assuming oneway action is not applicable in many cases, such as when a floor panel is bounded by beams with a long to short aspect ratio of less than 2. Loads on the floor are distributed in both directions, and such a system is referred to as a twoway system (see Figure 7.12). The design approach of twoway floor systems remains in many ways similar to that of the oneway slab, except that the floor slab should now be visualized as being divided into a series of slab strips spanning both directions of the floor panel (see Figure 7.12). In the case of oneway slabs, each slab strip carries the same design moment diagram. In twoway systems, the design moment diaphragm varies from one strip to another. Slab strips
closer to the column support lines would generally carry a higher moment than strips at midspan. Hence, a key design issue for twoway floor design becomes one of analysis, on how to obtain an accurate estimate of internal force distribution among the slab strips. After this issue is resolved, and the moment diagrams of each strip are obtained, the flexural reinforcement design of each slab strip follows the same procedures and formulas as previously presented for oneway slabs and beams. Of course, the analysis of twoway floor systems can also be solved by computer software, using the finite element method, and a number of structural analysis software have customized floor slab analysis modules. The ACI Code contains an approximate manual analysis method, the Direct Design Method, for twoway floors, which is practical for design purposes. A more refined approximate method, the Equivalent Frame Method, is also available in the ACI.
If a floor system is regular in layout and stiffness (ACI 13.6.1), the Direct Design Method may be used to obtain the moment diagrams for the slab strips of twoway floor systems. The Direct Design Method is based on satisfying the global statical equilibrium of each floor panel. The relative stiffnesses of the panel components (e.g., slab, beam, drop panels) are then considered in distributing the statical moment. The subsequent sections present the application of the ACI Direct Design Method for different types of twoway systems.
General detailing of twoway slabs. The required slab reinforcement areas are taken at the critical sections, generally at the face of supports around the perimeter of the panel and at the midspans of the column and middle strips. The maximum spacing of reinforcement should not exceed two times the slab thickness or that required for temperature reinforcement (see Section 7.12.3.1). All bottom bars in slab panels that run perpendicular to the edge of the floor should be extended to the edge and anchored into the edge beam, column, or wall that exists there.
Opening in slabs of any size is permitted in the area common to intersecting middle strips (see Figure 7.12). But the original total reinforcement in the slab panel should be maintained by transferring bars to the sides of the opening. In intersecting column strips, not more than one eighth the width of the column strip should be interrupted by an opening. In the area common to one column strip and one middle strip, not more than one quarter of the reinforcement should be interrupted by an opening. If a larger opening is required, then edge beams or bands of reinforcement around the opening should be added.
7.13.1 TwoWay Slab with Beams
This system is shown in Figure 7.13. It consists of a slab panel bounded with beams supported on columns. Since the long to short aspect ratio of the panels is less than 2, a significant portion of the floor loading is transferred in the long direction. And the stiffness of the integral beams draws in load.
TABLE 7.8 Minimum Thickness of Flat Plates (TwoWay Slabs without Interior Beams)
Without drop panels
With drop panels
Exterior panels
Exterior panels
TABLE 7.8 Minimum Thickness of Flat Plates (TwoWay Slabs without Interior Beams)
Without drop panels
With drop panels
Yield strength, 
Without edge 
With edge 
Interior 
Without edge 
With edge 
Interior 
fy (psi) 
beams 
beams 
panels 
beams 
beams 
panels 
40,000 
ln/33 
ln/36 
ln/36 
ln/36 
ln/40 
ln/40 
60,000 

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