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02/06/2019 Cover to Reinforcement (Beams: BS 8110)

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Cover to Reinforcement (Beams: BS 8110)


The greatest nominal cover is selected derived from:

1.      Bar Size1- The nominal cover to all steel should be such that the resulting cover to main bar is not less
than the size of the main bar.

cnom, φ ≥ φ - φlink

where    

φ = maximum diameter of bar in longitudinal reinforcement

φlink = diameter of link

2.      Fire Resistance2- For fire protection the values given in Table 3.4 of BS 8110-1:1997 ensure that fire
resistance requirements are satisfied.

  The BS8110 “Environmental Conditions” and “Fire Resistance” provisions are not
implemented in the current version of Tekla Structural Designer.

3.      Nominal maximum size of aggregate –3 

The nominal cover should be not less than the nominal maximum size of the aggregate hagg
cnom,hagg ≥ hagg
 
Nominal limiting cover to reinforcement:
cnom,lim = MAX [cnom,  φ, hagg]

A minimum value for the nominal cover, cnom, u, is set by the user with the following default values;

Nominal cover from top surface of beam, cnom,u,top Default value: 30.0mm

Nominal cover from bottom surface of beam, cnom,u,bot Default value: 30.0mm

Nominal cover from side face of beam, cnom,u,side Default value: 30.0mm

Nominal cover from end surface of beam, cnom,u,end Default value: 30.0mm

The nominal limiting cover depends on the diameter of the reinforcement, and the nominal covers to be used
for design and detailing purposes are given by;
Nominal limiting cover to reinforcement from the side face of a beam;

cnom,lim,side = MAX[φtop - φlink, φbot - φ


link,φside - φlink, hagg]

Nominal limiting cover to reinforcement from the top face of a beam;

cnom,lim,top = MAX[φtop - φlink, hagg]

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Nominal limiting cover to reinforcement from the bottom face of a beam;

cnom,lim,bot = MAX[φtop - φlink, hagg]

Nominal cover to reinforcement from the end of a beam;

cnom,lim,end = MAX[φtop - φlink, φbot - φ


link, φside - φlink, hagg]

and where    

φtop = maximum diameter of the longitudinal reinforcing bar nearest to the


top surface of the beam

φbot = maximum diameter of the longitudinal reinforcing bar nearest to the


bottom surface of the beam

φside = the diameter of the longitudinal reinforcing bar nearest to the side of
the beam

If cnom,u      < cnom,lim a warning is displayed in the calculations.

 
Parent topic                
•  Beam Design to BS 8110
 
 
1.    BS 8110-1:1997 3.3.1.2

2.      BS 8110-1:1997 3.3.6, Table 3.4

3.        BS 8110-1:1997 3.3.1.3


 

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