Behavior and Design of Industrial Slabs on Grade


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Title: Behavior and Design of Industrial Slabs on Grade

Author(s): John J. Panak and J. Brent Rauhut

Publication: Journal Proceedings

Volume: 72

Issue: 5

Appears on pages(s): 219-224

Keywords: bending moments;concrete slabs;deflections;industrial buildings; loads (forces); reinforced concrete;structural analysis;structural design;subgrades; warehouses; welded wire fabric.

Date: 5/1/1975

Current design procedures for industrial slabs on grade are primarily based on performance experience. The results of behavioral studies of slabs on grade for typical warehouse loadings using discrete-elementslab theory are presented. Rational design procedures are proposed which take into consideration a range of practical variables for the loading conditions found to be critical. Both uniform loading on either side of a aisleway and a loaded forklift on an otherwise unloaded slab may be considered seperately in a simple and rapid design procedure.