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Structural Concrete Design

ASDIP CONCRETE is an engineering software that performs the structural design of concrete members, such as biaxial columns, multi-span continuous beams, and concrete / block out-of-plane bearing walls. 

Below are listed some blog posts that we have published with the best content about concrete design.

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What is Structural Concrete Design?

Reinforced concrete is widely used in many countries around the world, mainly due to the availability of reinforcing bars and the materials constituents of concrete, but also due to the economy of reinforced concrete compared to other forms of construction and the relatively simple skills required.

Reinforced concrete structures consist of a series of members that interact to support the loads. Usually concrete is cast-in-place, so the member are connected monolithically in the structure, working together as a unit. In precast construction, the members are fabricated at the shop an assembled at the field.

A typical concrete slab in a building floor may be supported by a series of beams and girders, which in turn are supported by the building columns or walls. The loads are then transferred to the foundation. The structural analysis consists on the calculation of the effects of the loads applied to the structure, also called the internal forces or required strengths. These are typically the shear and axial forces as well as the bending moments along the members that compose the structure.

The Concrete Design Process

The concrete design process consists of the interpretation of the analysis results and the application of the building code provisions to produce members both economic and structurally safe for the intended use. For example a concrete beam design will consist of the calculation of the required rebars to produce adequate flexural and shear strengths along the beam. The variation of these internal forces if usually represented by the shear and moment diagrams.

A concrete column is a member mostly subject to compression and bending stresses. The concrete design of a column mainly consists in the generation of the interaction diagram that represents the structural capacity. A concrete wall is a compression member exposed to out-of-plane pressures, usually due to wind, that produce a combination of compression and bending as in columns. Walls are slender members that must be checked for second order effects.

ASDIP CONCRETE includes the design of all these types of structural members described above. The ASDIP team has published a series of blog posts on a regular basis covering many technical topics related to the design of concrete structures. Our philosophy is to provide the engineering community in general, and particularly our customers, the required tools to complete the structural design tasks effectively in less time and with less effort. You are invited to download the 15-day free trial using the buttons below.