SP-232: Punching Shear in Reinforced Concrete Slabs


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Title: SP-232: Punching Shear in Reinforced Concrete Slabs

Author(s): Editor: Maria Anna Polak

Publication: Special Publication

Volume: 232


Appears on pages(s): 302


Date: 10/1/2005


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SP-232 The development of high-performance materials and advanced computational tools has allowed the building of relatively thin concrete slabs supported on columns. The simple appearance of such structural systems and ease of their construction make them economically attractive and popular. However, these structures develop complex three-dimensional stresses in the slab, at the columns, which can eventually lead to a potentially catastrophic brittle punching shear failure. Although structural failures are rare, in part due to high safety factors, understanding punching shear phenomenon is crucial for safe and rational design of flat reinforced concrete slabs supported on columns. As part of the activities of the ACI/ASCE Committee 445, Shear and Torsion, members of Subcommittee 445-C, Punching Shear, organized a symposium in conjunction with this special publication devoted to the state of the art on punching shear. The symposium will be held during the ACI Fall 2005 Convention under the sponsorship of ACI/ASCE Committee 445. The last significant and comprehensive overviews on this topic were completed several years ago by the fédération internationale du béton (fib) in their state-of-the-art report on punching shear (2001)1 and in the Proceedings of the International Workshop on Punching Shear Capacity of RC Slabs (2000)2 published by the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. Subcommittee 445-C has compiled a series of papers that present updated developments in the state of the art and research regarding behavior, rational design, and evaluation of code provisions related to punching shear. The papers are grouped into two parts. The first part contains a report, coauthored by members of Subcommittee 445-C, on issues related to design philosophy, code provisions, contributions of flexural and shear reinforcements, and seismic and blast loads. The second part includes papers on new developments obtained from different research centers from around the world. The aim is to present comprehensive and objective information on the topic of punching shear. It is hoped that this publication will be important for the engineering design community in its efforts to improve long-term strength and ductility of slab-column structural systems.