Some Experiences With Thin Concrete Slabs


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Title: Some Experiences With Thin Concrete Slabs

Author(s): John V. Schaefer

Publication: Journal Proceedings

Volume: 17

Issue: 2

Appears on pages(s): 40-46

Keywords: none

Date: 2/1/1921

In the 1916 the Cement-Gun Construction Co. was doing some work for the Ford Motor Co. at Detroit. One day the architect asked us to help him solve this problem: One of their main buildings, known as Building "A," is about 85 ft. wide and 900 ft. long. The buildings adjoins the power house, and in building it they planned to use the roof for a spray pond for cooling the cooling water of their big gas-steam engine. To that end they built the roof in bays about 85 ft. square. Each bay was dished to the center about 18 in. with a uniform slope from all edges to the center, where there is a sump about 20 in. square, from which a cast-iron pipe conducts the water back to the pumps.