In this example we introduce guidance on modelling a regular slab, in order to achieve a finiteelement solution which correlates with an empirical code design solution. While this guidancerelates to a specific code, and a particular simple regular grid layout, there is no reason why asimilar approach would notwork equally well for irregular slab layouts, and for different designcodes. The particular regular floor layout is shown below.
The beams shown above are for clarity only, they are not part of the model whichwe will be using.
In industry we see more and more emphasis being placed on modelling flat slabs using a finiteelement analysis. The reasons for this are many, including:· the need to provide reduced structural zones,