Guide for Using Autoclaved Aerated Concrete Panels: I - Structural Design

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Title: Guide for Using Autoclaved Aerated Concrete Panels: I - Structural Design

Author(s): R. E. Barnett, J. E. Tanner, R. E. Klingner and F. H. Fouad

Publication: Special Publication

Volume: 226

Issue:

Appears on pages(s): 17-28

Keywords: autoclaved aerated concrete; panels; precast; seismic; structural design

Date: 3/1/2005

Abstract:
This paper is a summary of ACI 523.5R, which is a guide for using autoclaved aerated concrete panels. Its design provisions are non-mandatory, and are a synthesis of design recommendations from the Autoclaved Aerated Concrete Products Association, and from the results of research conducted at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), and elsewhere. This paper discusses the design equations associated with the various typical structural uses of autoclaved aerated concrete. Those uses include flexural, axial compression, shear, bearing, bond and development of reinforcement and special seismic design provisions. The design provisions of this Guide are not intended for use with unreinforced, masonry-type AAC units. Design of those units is covered by provisions currently under development within the Masonry Standards Joint Committee.