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Punching shear check for shear wall foundations

Q. Is it necessary to check punching shear for a shear wall foundation? Or is it sufficient to just check one-way shear?


A. A punching shear check under the wall would be applicable. However, the length of most walls produces such a large critical section that it will often not control the design of the foundation.


References: ACI 318-19

Topics in Concrete: Design; ACI 318 Building Code

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