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Design of RCC Structural Components
In this article, we are going to discuss the minimum standards that are to be followed for the design of Structural components of a building such as Columns, beams, slab and foundation. We will also discuss the minimum safe standards for the reinforcing bars that are to be used for the design of the above mentioned Structural Components.
Minimum cross-sectional dimension for a Column: is 9”x9”. But to avoid slenderness ratio problems in multistorey buildings, we prefer a rectangular column design of 9″x12″ which is safer.
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Minimum RCC beam size: is 9″x9″. But generally, to maintain uniformity and speed of construction, we design all beams of the same size 9″x12″. But 9″x9″ can also be used safely, according to design.
Minimum thickness of RCC slab is 4.5″ because a slab may contain electrical pipes embedded into them which could be 0.5″ or even fatter for internal wiring, which effectively reduces slab depths at certain places, causing cracking, weakening and water leakage during rains. So, a minimum thickness of 4.5″ should be maintained.
Minimum size of foundation for a single storey of G+1 building, where soil safe bearing capacity is 30 tonnes per square meter, and the oncoming load on the column does not exceed 30 tonnes, a size of 1m x 1m or 3′ x 3′ should be used. Even if the load is less (for example only 20 tonnes) then also the minimum is 3’x3′ and depth of footing should be atleast 4′ below ground level if not more…
Reinforcing bar details (minimum)
1. ______b_c_d_4_c_8_b_3_9_7_f_0_6_b_8_2_c_7_1_2_e_e_2_6_e_9_c_3_f_5_b_f______: 4 bars of 12mm steel rods FE 415
2.______1_a_d_b_f_a_6_4_4_4_8_0_e_2_b_d_a_b_9_d_2_9_3_c_b_6_4_a_4_6_5_6______: 2 bars of 12 mm in the bottom and 2 bars of 10 mm on the top.
a) One Way Slab: Main Steel 8 mm bars @ 6″ C/C and Distribution Steel of 6 mm bars @ 6″ C/C
b) Two Way Slab: Main Steel 8 mm bars @ 6″ C/C and Distribution Steel of 8 mm bars @ 9″ C/C
4. Foundation: 6″ of PCC layer comes first. Over than, a tapered or rectangular footing of 12″ thickness is minimum. Steel mesh of 8 mm bars @ 6″ C/C should be laid. In a 3′ x 3′ footing, this would consist of 6 bars of 8 mm on both portions of the steel mesh.
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