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Question 6.

A concrete slab 40ft x 12ft is to be design such that the maximum tensile stress
under traffic loading in the slab is kept below 450 psi. the design load is 9000 lb. circular wheel
load with 100 psi tire pressure.
Solution:
Wheel
Load(lb)

Tyre Pressure
(psi)

Epcc
(psi)

Poissons ratio

Modulus of Subgrade
Reaction (pci)

9000

100

4000000

0.15

100

The thickness is varied and values has been computed using excel.
L (in)

B (in)

480

144

6
7
8
9

29.296
32.886
36.350
39.707

Stress Limit = 450


psi
at H=7.25 in
Corner Loading (psi)
Edge Loading (psi)
Interior Loading
(psi)

H (in)
6
7
8
9

1.724*h
10.344
12.068
13.792
15.516

a (in)
5.352
5.352
5.352
5.352

Corner
Loading
602.167
456.478
357.688
287.719

Edge
Loading
281.514
227.144
185.584
153.512

Interior
Loading
327.186
251.695
199.412
161.678

Hence, thickness between 7 and 8 in


a = 5.352 in b = 5.026in
428.280
215.698
236.877

So the required thickness will be 7.25 inches

l = 33.763in

b (in)
4.996
5.013
5.080
5.187