Strip Design for Punching Shear


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Title: Strip Design for Punching Shear

Author(s): S. Alexander

Publication: Special Publication

Volume: 183


Appears on pages(s): 161-179

Keywords: columns; punching sher; reinforced concrete; slabs

Date: 5/1/1999

A part from column-slab connections, almost all reinforced concrete connections can be analyzed and designed using plastic strut and tie models. The strut and tie model provides a simple, rational and highly transparent explanation for the flow of forces within a connection. By examining a unique substructure within a column-slab connection, Alexander and Simmonds (1) develop what amounts to a plastic strut and tie model for concentrically loaded connections between interior columns and two-way slabs with orthogonal reinforcement. On the basis for this model, a general design procedure for gravity-loaded column-slab connections has been developed. The resulting design procedure is simple and it handles column-slab connection problems that are not easily analyzed by existing code provisions. This paper outlines the design procedure and the important features of the model upon which it is based. The model is compared both to existing test results in the literature and to the ACI code design procedure. Two design examples are included.