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# Beam Design

RC BEAM DESIGN
Based on BS 8110

## Partial Safety Factor m

Cl. 2.4.4.1

Characteristic strength
Design strength
m
Given in Table 2.2

Durability
Cl. 2.2.4 and 3.1.5
Exposure conditions (Integrity of rc concrete
ability to prevent corrosion) : moderate,
severe, very severe, most severe and
abrasive (Table 3.2)
Protection a agaist corrosion of steel (Table
3.3)
Fire resistance requirement (Table 3.4)

Nominal cover
Cl. 3.3.1.1
Bar Size (Cl. 3.3.1.2)
Single Bars: nominal cover main bar diameter, d1
Paired bars: nominal cover 2 d1
Bundles bars: 2 (Aequivalent/)

Example:
Using the data given, determine:
(i) the nominal cover required to the underside of
the beam, and
(ii) the minimum width of beam required.
Data:
Exposure condition mild
Characteristic strength of concrete (fcu) 40 N/mm2
Nominal maximum aggregate size (hagg) 20 mm
Diameter of main tension steel 25 mm
Diameter of shear links 8 mm
Minimum required fire resistance 1.5 hours

SOLUTION
Clause 3.3.1.2 Nominal cover (main bar diameter link
diameter)
(25 8) = 17 mm
Clause 3.3.1.3 Nominal cover nominal maximum
aggregate size > 20 mm
Clause 3.3.3 Exposure condition is mild
Table 3.3 Nominal cover 20 mm*
Clause 3.3.6 Minimum fire resistance = 1.5 hr
The beam is simply supported
Table 3.4 Nominal cover 20 mm
The required nominal cover = 20 mm

## Flexural Strength of Sections

The flexural strength (i.e. the ultimate
moment of resistance of a cross-section)
is determined assuming the following
conditions as given in Clause 3.4.4.1,
BS8110:Part 1

Concrete Capacity
The maximum compressive force which can be
resisted by the concrete corresponds to the
maximum depth permitted for the neutral axis,
as shown in Figure 5.28 (i.e. x = d/2).

Concrete Capacity
Consider the moment of the compressive force about the
line of action of Ft :
Mult,concrete = (Fc z)
where Fc = compressive force = (stress area)
= [0.45fcu (b 0.9x )]
(for the maximum concrete force x = d/2)
= [0.45fcu (b 0.45d)] = 0.2bdfcu
z = lever arm
= [d (0.5 0.45d)] = 0.775d
{Note: In general z = [d (0.5 0.9x)] }
Mult,concrete = (0.2bdfcu )(0.775d) =0.156bd2fcu
This equation can be rewritten as 0.156 =M/bd2fcu

Steel Capacity
Mult,steel = (Fs z)
where Fs = tensile force = (stress area)
= (0.95fy As)
z = lever arm
Mult,steel = 0.95fyAs z
As = M/0.95fyz
Consider z, the lever arm:
z = [d (0.5 0.9x)] ,
0.9x = 2(d z)
Mult,concrete = [0.45fcu (b 0.9x)] z (substitute for
0.9x)
= 0.9fcu b (d z) z

Steel Capacity
Mult,concrete = K bd 2 fcu
K bd 2 fcu = 0.9fcu b (d z) z
Kd 2 = 0.9fcu dz 0.9z 2
z2 dz + Kd2/0.9 = 0
The solution of this quadratic equation (ax2 + bx +
c = 0) gives an expression which can be used to
determine the lever arm, z.

Summary

## *The smaller of these two values being the critical case

When K K for a singly-reinforced section the maximum
moment permitted, based on the concrete strength, is equal to
0.156 bd2fcu
When K > K a section requires compression reinforcement.

## Areas/metre width for various pitches

of bars

Example 1:
A rectangular beam section is shown
in Figure 5.29. Using the data given,
determine the maximum ultimate
moment which can be applied to the
section assuming it to be singly
reinforced.
Data:
Characteristic strength of concrete (fcu)
40 N/mm2
Characteristic strength of steel (fy)
460 N/mm2

Solution:
Strength based on concrete:
Mult = 0.156bd2fcu
= (0.156 250 4202 40)/106
= 275.2 kNm
Strength based on steel:
As = 1260 mm2
z = 0.775 d = 0.775 x 420 = 325.5
Mult = 0.95fyAs z
= (0.95 460 1260 325.5)/106
= 179.5 kNm
The maximum design moment which can be applied is:
Mult = 179.5 kNm

## The cross-section of a simply

supported rectangular beam is
Example 2:
shown in Figure 5.30. Using
the data given, determine the Data:
maximum ultimate moment
Characteristic strength of
which can be applied to the
concrete (fcu) 30 N/mm2
section assuming it to be
Characteristic strength of steel
singly-reinforced.
(fy) 460 N/mm2
Nominal maximum aggregate
size (hagg) 20 mm
Diameter of main tension steel
32 mm
Diameter of shear links 8 mm
Exposure condition mild
Minimum required fire
resistance 1.0 hour

Solution:
Clause 3.3.1 Nominal cover to all steel
Clause 3.3.1.2 bar size
cover (32 8) = 24 mm
Clause 3.3.1.3 Nominal maximum aggregate size
cover 20 mm
Clause 3.3.3 Exposure condition: mild
Table 3.3 and fcu = 30 N/mm2
cover 25 mm
Clause 3.3.6 Min. fire resistance: 1 hr
beam is simply supported
Table 3.4 cover 20 mm
The required nominal cover to all steel = 25 mm

Solution
Figure 3.2 Minimum width b for 1 hour fire resistance = 200
Effective depth
d = (h cover link diameter bar diameter/2)
= (475 25 8 16) = 426 mm
Strength based on concrete:
Mult = 0.156bd2fcu = (0.156 250 4262 30)/106 = 212.3 kNm
Strength based on steel:
As = 2410 mm2
z = 0.775 d
Mult = 0.95fyAs z = (0.95 460 2410 0.775 426)/106
= 349.9 kNm
The maximum design moment which can be applied is: Mult =
212.3 kNm

Example 3:
The cross-section of a simply supported rectangular
beam is shown in Figure 5.31. Using the data given,
and assuming the section to be singly-reinforced,
determine the area of tension reinforcement
required to resist an applied ultimate bending
moment of 150 kNm.
Data:

## Characteristic strength of concrete (fcu) 40 N/mm2

Characteristic strength of steel (fy) 460 N/mm2
Nominal maximum aggregate size (hagg) 20 mm
Diameter of main tension steel Assume 25 mm
Diameter of shear links 10 mm
Exposure condition moderate
Minimum required fire resistance 2.0 hours

Solution:
Clause 3.3.1 Nominal cover to all steel
Clause 3.3.1.2 bar size
cover = (25 10) = 15 mm
Clause 3.3.1.3 Nominal maximum
aggregate size
cover = 20 mm
Clause 3.3.3 Exposure condition: moderate
Table 3.3 fcu = 40 N/mm2
cover 30 mm
Clause 3.3.6 Min. fire resistance: 2.0 hr
beam is simply supported
Table 3.4 cover 40 mm
The required nominal cover to the main steel = 40 mm
Figure 3.2 Minimum width b for 2 hours, fire resistance

Figure 5.31

Solution:
Effective depth d = (h cover link diameter bar
diameter/2)
= (450 40 10 13) = 387 mm
Clause 3.4.4.4
Check that the section is singly-reinforced:
K = M/bd2fcu = 0.125 < 0.156
Since K < K the section is singly-reinforced

K
z d 0.5 0.25
0.83d 0.95d
0.9

## As = M/0.95fyz = [(150 106) / (0.95 460 0.83 387)]

= 1068 mm2
Adopt 4/ 20 mm diameter HYS bars providing 1260
mm2.

## Shear Strength of Sections

The equation in BS 8110 (Cl 3.4.5.2)
V
v
bv d

Where

## v = design shear stress

V = design shear force due to ultimate loads
d =effective depth

## This is the equation given in Table 3.7 of the

code for the cross-sectional area of designed
links when the design shear stress v at a crosssection is greater than (vc + 0.4). It is recognised
that the truss analogy produces conservative
results and the code specifies that: designed
(vc + 0.4) < v < 0.8 (fcu)1/2 or 5 N/mm2

## Shear Strength of Sections

It is important to provide minimum areas of steel in
concrete to minimize thermal and shrinkage cracking,
etc.
Minimum links are specified in the code which provide a
shear resistance of 0.4N/mm2 in addition to the design
concrete shear stress vc, and consequently designed
links are required when v > (vc + 0.4) as indicated.
In Table 3.7: minimum links are required when 0.5vc <
v < (vc + 0.4)
The cross-sectional area of the links required is given by:

Example 3:

## A concrete beam is simply supported over a 5.0

m span as shown in Figure 5.48. Using the data
given, determine suitable shear reinforcement.
Data:
Characteristic strength of concrete (fcu) 40 N/mm2
Characteristic strength of mild steel (fyv) 250 N/mm2
Maximum shear force at the support 40 kN

Solution:
Solution:
Consider the end of the beam at the support
where the shear force is a maximum = 40 kN
Clause 3.4.5.2
V
40 x103
v

0.89 N / mm 2
bv d 200 x 225
0.8 f cu 0.8 40 5.06 N / mm 2
v 0.8 f cu & 5.0 N / mm 2

Solution:
Table 3.7 To determine the required
reinforcement, evaluate vc and either adopt
As = area of 2/16 mm diameter bars = 402 mm 2
100 As 100x 402

0.893; d 225mm
bv d
200 x 225

## vc {0.66 [(0.73 0.66) x (0.893 0.75) / 0.25]} 0.7 N / mm 2

Since f cu 25 N / mm 2
vc 0.73 ( f cu / 25) 0.73 (40 / 25) 0.82 N / mm 2
(vc 0.4) (0.82 0.4) 1.22 N / mm 2

Solution:
Since 0.5vc < v < (vc + 0.4), minimum links are required for the whole
length of the beam.
The cross-sectional area of the links required is given by

Option 1:
Assume 2-legged / 6 mm diameter mild steel links.
Asv = 56.6 mm2
0.95 f yv Asv 0.95x 250 x 56.6
Table 3.7 The spacing requiredsv ,

169mm
0.4bv
0.4 x200
Clause 3.4.5.5
The maximum spacing of the links 0.75d
= (0.75 x 225) = 169 mm
centres throughout the length of the beam.

Solution:
Option 2:
Clause 3.4.5.5
The maximum spacing of the links 0.75d
= (0.75 225) = 169 mm
Assume sv = 150 mm.

## *Adopt 6 mm diameter mild steel links (56.6 mm2) @ 150 mm

centres throughout the length of the beam as in option 1.

Example 4:
A concrete beam is simply supported over a 7.0
m span as shown in Figure 5.49. Using the data
given, determine suitable shear reinforcement.
Data:
Characteristic strength of concrete (fcu) 40 N/mm2
Characteristic strength of mild steel (fyv) 250 N/mm2
Characteristic imposed load (qk) 30.0 kN/m

Solution:
Ultimate design load = [(1.4 5.0) + (1.6 30.0)]
= 55.0 kN/m
Ultimate design shear force at the support V =
(55.0 3.5) = 192.5 kN

Solution:
Table 3.7 : To determine the required
reinforcement evaluate vc and to determine the
requirement for either minimum links or

Solution:
Table 3.7 Since (vc + 0.4) < v < 0.8 (fcu)
< 5 N/mm2
The maximum shear force which can be resisted by the
provision of minimum links is given by:
V = (vc + 0.4)bvd = (1.06 240 570)/103
= 145 kN

Solution:
Provide designed links for the first metre from each end
The cross-sectional area of the designed links required is
given by
Assuming 8 mm diameter mild steel links,
mm2 and fyv = 250 N/mm2.

Asv = 101

Solution:
Clause 3.4.5.5
The maximum spacing of the links 0.75d
= (0.75 570) = 428 mm
for 1.0 m from each end of the beam.
The cross-sectional area of the minimum links required is
given by Asv =

## Adopt 8 mm diameter mild steel links @ 250 mm centres

throughout the central 5.0 m of the beam.

## Deflections (Cl. 3.4.6)

Allowances for these factors to reflect the actual
behaviour are made in the BS 8110 in terms of:
using a basic span/effective depth ratio (span/d)
rather than a span/h ratio (Table 3.9),
applying a modifying factor which is dependent on the
steel strength (steel percentage and steel strength are
directly related through the factor K = M/bd2) and the
steel stress (fs) under service conditions
(Table
3.10),
applying a modifying factor which is dependent on the
percentage of compression steel provided
(Table 3.11).

Deflections
The basic ratios given in Table 3.9 relate
to three support conditions:
cantilevers,
simply supported beams,
continuous beams.

## *Note: Continuous beams are considered to

be any beam in which at least one end of
the beam is continuous, i.e. this includes
propped cantilevers at the end of a series
of continuous beams.

Example 5:
A rectangular concrete beam 250 mm wide
475 mm overall depth is simply supported over a
7.0 m span. Using the data given, check the
suitability of the beam with respect to deflection.
Data:
Characteristic strength of concrete (fcu) 40 N/mm2
Characteristic strength of main steel (fy) 460 N/mm2
Design ultimate bending moment at mid-span (M)
150.0 kNm
Assume the distance to the centre of the main steel
from the tension face is 50 mm

Solution:
Effective depth d = (475 50) = 425 mm
Check that section is singly-reinforced:

## Adopt 3/20 mm diameter HYS bars providing 943 mm 2

Solution:
Clause 3.4.6 There is no redistribution of
moments b = 1.0
Table 3.9 The beam is simply supported:
L/d = 20
Clause 3.4.6.5
M/bd 2 = (K fcu )
= (0.082 40) = 3.32 N/mm2
2 fyAsrequired 1
fs
x
291.7 N / mm 2
3 As provided
b
Interpolate from Table 3.10 0.92

Solution:
L/d x value from Table 3.10 = L/d x 0.92
Allowable deflection = 20 x 0.92 = 18.4
Actual deflection = L/d = 6000/425 = 14.12
So, the deflection is acceptable.

## Minimum Areas of Steel (Cl. 3.12.5)

Minimum areas of steel are required in structural
elements to ensure that any unnecessary
cracking due to thermal/shrinkage effects or
minimized.
The required minimum steel areas for different
situations, i.e. tension or compression
reinforcement, rectangular beams/slabs, flanged
beams and columns/walls, are given in
Table
3.25

## Example 5: Minimum Areas of Steel

Determine the minimum areas of steel required
for the cross-sections shown in Figure 5.57; in
all cases fy = 460 N/mm2.

## (a) Rectangular beam

The required area of steel is given by:
100As /Ac = 0.13
where:
As is the minimum recommended area of
reinforcement,
Ac is the total area of concrete.

## Ac = (550 320) = 176 10 3 mm2

As = (0.13176103)/100= 229 mm2

## (b) Flanged beam (see Cl

3.4.1.5)
where:
b is the breadth of the section bw is the breadth or
effective breadth of the rib; for a box, T or I section, bw is
taken as the average breadth of the concrete below the
flange,
h is the overall depth of the cross-section of a reinforced
member.

## bw / b = (300 / 1200) = 0.25 < 0.4

the required area of steel is given by:
100As /bwh = 0.18
bw h = (300 600) = 180 103 mm2
As = 0.18180103/100 = 324 mm2

## Maximum Areas of Steel (Cl. 3.12.6)

The maximum percentages of steel given
in the code are based on the physical
requirements for placing the concrete and
fixing the steel. They are:
In beams (Clause 3.12.6.1):
As 4% Ac
As 4% Ac

3.12.11.1)

## Guidance is given in the code for minimum bar

spacing to ensure that members can be
compaction of the concrete to enable the
reinforcement to perform as designed.
It is important that reinforcing bars are
surrounded by concrete for two main reasons:
(i) to develop sufficient bond between the concrete
and the bars such that the required forces are
transferred between the steel and the concrete, and
(ii) to provide protection to the steel against corrosion,
fire, etc.

3.12.11.2)

## The requirement to limit the maximum spacing

of reinforcement is to minimize surface cracking.
Using Table 3.28.
Since very small bars when mixed with larger
bars would invalidate the assumptions on which
the Table 3.28 values are based, the code
specifies that any bar in a section with a
diameter < (0.45 the largest bar in the section)
should be ignored except when considering
those in the side faces of deep beams.

## Maximum Spacing of Bars

The minimum size of bar to be used in the
side faces is given in Clause 3.12.5.4 as:
bar diameter
where: sb is the bar spacing (e.g. 250 mm)
b is the breadth of the section 500 mm

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