Title: Design of Flat Plates with Irregular Column Layout
Author(s): Frederick P. Wiesinger
Publication: Journal Proceedings
Appears on pages(s): 117-123
Keywords: columns (supports) ; cocrete panels: equilibrium methods; flat concrete plates; loads (forces) ; moments: reinforced concrete; structural design.
The design of flat plates is ordinarily accomplished using rectangular panels as the basic elements. This forces the designer to place the columns essentially on a grid pattern, even at the cost of sacrificing functional requirements or economy. The method proposed in this paper restates or transforms the above mentioned approach to one based on using triangular elements. Thus, flat plates with any arbitrary irregular layout of columns can be designed because such plates can always be subdivided into triangular panels.