Guide to Design of Reinforced Two-Way Slab Systems
|Publication Date:||1 October 2015|
The performance record of various two-way slab systems is well established based on results of extensive tests and practical construction improvements in the twentieth century. The ACI Building Code permits design of slab systems, both nonprestressed and post-tensioned, based directly on fundamental principles of structural mechanics that satisfy equilibrium and compatibility. This guide provides classic solutions based on linearly elastic continuum, as well as prescriptive procedures used in common practice for analysis and design of slab systems. The fundamental principles in this guide are applicable to all planar structural slab systems subjected to gravity loads and, in certain conditions, those combined with lateral forces.
This guide addresses recommended practice in the selection and distribution of flexural reinforcement, and guidelines to transmit loads from slabs to columns by flexure, torsion, and shear. Detailing practices for post-tensioned two-way slabs are found in ACI 423.3R-05. This guide also discusses aspects and parameters where two-way slabs without beams are incorporated in ordinary or intermediate moment frames with ductile detailing and toughness.
While two-way slab systems have more than 100 years of service history, various practical refinements and research programs continue to develop new materials and technologies that support sustainable construction of two-way slabs.