Membrane Analysis of Flat Plate Slabs


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Title: Membrane Analysis of Flat Plate Slabs

Author(s): Leslie K. Guice, Thomas R. Slawson, and Edward J. Rhomburg

Publication: Structural Journal

Volume: 86

Issue: 1

Appears on pages(s): 83-92

Keywords: compression; concrete slabs; flat concrete plates; restraints; flexural strength; lateral pressure; restraints; structural analysis; supports; Structural Research

Date: 1/1/1989

Tests of 47 one-way reinforced concrete slab strips subjected to uniformly distributed loads are reported. The slabs are typical of those used in the flat plate designs of protective construction. An analytical procedure modified from previous investigations is used as a basis for determining the peak flexural capacity of the slabs. Results of compressive and tensile membrane analyses are compared and shown to predict reasonably the peak capacity and tensile membrane response.