Design of Reinforced Concrete Slabs

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Title: Design of Reinforced Concrete Slabs

Author(s): Joseph A. Wise

Publication: Journal Proceedings

Volume: 25

Issue: 2

Appears on pages(s): 712-737

Keywords: none

Date: 2/1/1929

Abstract:
Reinforced concrete slabs possess an element of strength that is often neglected in design, resulting in wasteful practices. This element of strength is what might be termed "plate strength." If a concrete slab is analyzed as though it were composed of separate beams this element of "plate strength" is neglected. "Plate strength" can be visualized as arising from the inter-action of adjacent beam strips in the beam method of analysis of plates. Many tests and analyses have shown that reinforced concrete slabs are much stronger and stiffer than "beamstrip" analyses would indicate. Attempts have been made to alter the beam strip method of analysis empirically to take advantage of this strength, but I do not believe that any such method can be successful except for a few special cases.