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# Minimum Steel - Concrete Beam Design ACI 318-08

This example further explores the minimum steel requirements of ACI Given: fc = 6,000 psi fy = 60 ksi

Required: Determine if this section can carry a factored moment, Mu, of 40 kip*ft, while satisfying all ACI requirements

Assumptions: 1. 2. 3. 4. Plain sections remain plain (ACI 318-08 section 10.2.2) Maximum concrete strain at extreme compression fiber = 0.003 (ACI section 10.2.3) Tensile strength of concrete is neglected (10.2.5) Compression steel is neglected in this calculation.

## Lets start by constructing the stress and strain diagrams:

Next, well calculate d, the depth from the extreme compression fiber to the center of reinforcement in the tensile zone. d = h Clear Spacing dstirrup dreinforcement /2 d = 24 1.5 0.5 - 0.5/2 d = 21.75

## Minimum Steel - Concrete Beam Design ACI 318-08

Next, we want to use equilibrium to solve for a, the depth of the Whitney stress block

From the rules of equilibrium we know that C must equal T C=T C = 0.85 x fc x b x a Defined in ACI section 10.2.7.1 b = width of compression zone a = depth of Whitney stress block

C = 0.85 x 6000psi x 12 x a = 61,200 lb/in x a T = fs x As fs = stress in the steel (we make the assumption that the steel yields, and will later confirm if it does). As = area of tensile steel

## Minimum Steel - Concrete Beam Design ACI 318-08

Now that we know the depth of the stress block, we can calculate c, the depth to the neutral axis. From ACI 318 section 10.2.7.1 a = "1 x c "1 is a factor that relates the depth of the Whitney stress block to the depth of the neutral axis based on the concrete strength. It is defined in 10.2.7.3 "1 = 0.65 # 0.85 - ((fc 4000psi)/1000)) x 0.05 # 0.85 "1 = 0.85 ((6000psi 4000psi)/1000) x 0.05 = 0.75 c = a / "1 = 0.588/0.75 c = 0.784 With c, we can calculate the strain in the extreme tensile steel using similar triangles. With this strain calculated, we can check our assumption that the steel yields, and determine if the section is tension controlled. c/!c = d/(!c + !t) !t = (d x !c)/c !c = (21.75 x 0.003)/0.784 0.003 !t = 0.080

## Minimum Steel - Concrete Beam Design ACI 318-08

Determine if the section is tension controlled: Per ACI section 10.3.4 a beam is considered tension controlled if the strain in the extreme tension steel is greater than 0.005. The calculated steel strain in our section is 0.080 which is greater than 0.005 therefore this beam section is tension controlled. " = 0.90 Determine the strain at which the steel yields and check our assumption that the steel in fact yielded: E = fy/!y E = Youngs modulus which is generally accepted to be 29,000 ksi for steel fy = steel yield stress !y = yield strain !y = 60ksi / 29,000 ksi = 0.00207 0.080 is greater than 0.00207 therefore our assumption is correct and the steel yields prior to failure

## Minimum Steel - Concrete Beam Design ACI 318-08

Next, lets determine if the beam section satisfies the minimum steel requirements of ACI: Per ACI section 10.5.1, the minimum steel requirement is: As, min = ((3 x square root(fc))/fy) x bw x d \$ (200/fy) x bw x d As a side note, the 200/fy minimum controls when fc is less than 4,500 psi As, min = ((3 x squareroot(6,000 psi))/60,000psi) x 12 x 21.75 As,min = 1.01 in2 As = 3 x 0.2 in2 = 0.6 in2 < 1.01 in2 therefore we do not satisfy the minimum steel requirements of ACI Per ACI 318 Section 10.5.3 - The above mentioned provision does not need to be satisfied if, at every section, As provided is at least one-third greater than that required by analysis. We need to calculate the required amount of steel for this section to carry a 40 kip*ft moment and determine if the amount of steel provided is at least 1/3rd greater.

## Minimum Steel - Concrete Beam Design ACI 318-08

Lets calculate the area of steel required to carry a moment of 40 kip*ft: Using force equilibrium, lets find the relationship of As to a:

## 0.85 x fc x b x a = As x fy % 0.85 x 6,000psi x 12in x a = As x 60,000psi % a = 0.98/in x As

Calculate the moment about the center of the compressive force, and set it equal to the factored moment: &Mn = & x T x (d a/2) & = 0.9 as we previously calculated T = Asfy &Mn = Mu 40kip*ft x 12 kip*in/kip*ft = 0.9 x As x 60 ksi (21.75in - a / 2) Substitute a = 0.98/in x As into the above equation and rearrange it a bit: 26.26(kip/in3) x As2 - 1174.5(kip/in) x As + 480(kip*in) = 0 What we have is a quadratic equation to solve!

## Area of Steel Calculation Continued:

Quadratic formula:

## (-b !(b2 - 4ac))/2a As = (-(-1174.5) - !((-1174.5)2 - 4 x 26.46 x 480))/(2 x 26.46) As = 0.41in2

Determine if we satisfy the minimum steel requirements per ACI 318 section 10.5.3 1 1/3 x As = 1.333 x 0.41in2 = 0.55 in2

We have 0.6 in2 which is greater than 0.55 in2 therefore the section satisfies all ACI requirements for an applied factored moment of 40 kip*ft

## Minimum Steel - Concrete Beam Design ACI 318-08

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