ACI Code Requirements for Deflection Control: A Critical Review

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Title: ACI Code Requirements for Deflection Control: A Critical Review

Author(s): A. Scanlon, D. R. Cagley Orsak, and D. R. Buettner

Publication: Special Publication

Volume: 203

Issue:

Appears on pages(s): 1-14

Keywords: beams; building code; cracking; deflection; minimum thickness; slabs

Date: 8/1/2001

Abstract:
AC1 Building Code requirements for deflection control are critically reviewed. Provisions for minimum thickness, deflection computations, and permissible computed deflections are reviewed. Differences in the approaches to deflection control for one-way and two-way construction are identified. Limitations in the application of the prescribed deflection calculation method are discussed. Results of a survey of consulting firms concerning deflection control in design offkes are presented. The paper concludes by suggesting possible directions for future changes in building code requirements for deflection control.