# Design of reinforced concrete columns

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Failure of reinforced concrete columns
Short column Column fails in concrete crushed and bursting. Outward pressure break horizontal ties and bend vertical reinforcements Long column Column fails in lateral buckling.

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htm Short column or Long column? ACI definition For frame braced against side sway: Long column if klu/r > 34-12(M1/M2) or 40 For Frame not braced against side sway: Long column if klu/r > 22 Where k is slenderness factor. M1 and M2 are the smaller and larger end moments. (Charts will be added later) where ψ Ε ( ∑ = cΙ c/lc) of column /∑ Ε ( bΙ b/lb) of beam. is the ratio of effective length factors. negative if the member is bent in double curve. Ec and Ec are younger modulus of column and beams. k The slender factor. Determine the slenderness factor.html See picture from web-site below struct-walls.See test picture from web-site below part-3. k should be determined graphically from the Jackson and Moreland Alignment charts. and r is radius of gyration. lu is unsupported length. lc and lc are unbraced length of column and beams. (M1/M2) is positive if the member is bent in single curve. 3 . The value.

9 √(1+ψ min) ψ m is the average of the two ψ values.3 ψ ψ is the effective length factor at the restrained end.1 k = 0. For braced frame with no sway.8 + 0. k = 2. hinge at the other. k can be calculated as follows: 1. For unbraced frame with restrains at both ends.05 (ψ min) ≤ 1 ψ A and ψ B are the ψ at both ends. k can be taken as the smaller value of the two equations below. Alternatively.35 times gross moment of inertia of 4 .The cracked moment of inertia. 2.7 times gross moment of column and Ι beam. h = 24 in Beam unsupported length: lb = 30 ft b is taken as 0. For ψ m < 2 k = [(20.ψ m)/20] √(1+ψ m) For ψ m ≥ 2 k = 0. ψ min is the smaller of the two ψ values. Example: Beam information: Beam size: b = 18 in.05 (ψ A+ψ B) ≤ . Ι c is taken as 0. For unbraced frame with restrain at one end. 2. k = 0.0 + 0.7 + 0.

8 From chart: If the column is braced: k ≈ 0. Column information: Square Column: D = 18 in.61 From equation If the column is braced: k = 0.7D4/12 = 6124 in4.12 k = 0.7 + 0. Eb = 57 0004√ 5063 = ksi Moment of inertia of beam: Ib = 0.05 (ψ A+ψ B) = 19. no column stop above the beams The effective length factor: ψ Α Ε ( = cΙ c/lc) /[2 Ε ( bΙ b/lb)] = 1. 5 . Column top condition: There are beams at both sides of column at top of column.6 Design of reinforced concrete columns Short column 1.8 + 0. Column shall be designed to resist factored axial compressive load.84 If the column is unbraced: k ≈ 1. unsupported length lc =10 ft Concrete strength: 5000 psi Young's modulus: Ec = 57 0005√ 0304 = ksi moment of inertia of column: Ic = 0. Column shall be designed to resist factored axial compressive load Long non-sway column & Long sway columns 1.Concrete strength: 4000 psi Young's modulus.05 (ψ min) = 29.4 Column bottom condition: There are beams at both sides of column at bottom of column and a column at bottom level The effective length factor: ψ Α Ε ( 2[ = cΙ c/lc)] / [2 Ε ( bΙ b/lb)] = 2.9 √(1+ψ min) = 1.0 k = 0.35bh3/12 = 7258 in4.0 If the column is unbraced: ψ m = (ψ A+ψ B)/2 = 2.

no. No longitudinal bar shall be spacing more than 6 inches without a lateral tie. 4 ties for no. 2. Column strength shall be determined based on strain compatibility analysis. Factored moment shall be magnified with magnification factors. 11 bars or larger and bundled bars. No. 6 . 2. Every corner bar and alternate bars shall have lateral tie provide the angle shall not exceed 135 degree. 48 diameters of tie bars. 4. 3. Tie spacing shall not exceed 16 diameter of longitudinal bars.and factored moments. 2. Column ties and spiral ACI code requirements for column ties 1. 3 ties for longitudinal reinforcement no. 10 bars or less. Column strength shall be determined based on strain compatibility analysis. nor the least dimension of column.

3. no.ACI code requirements for spiral 1. 3 or larger. 2. Sprial shall be evenly space continuous bar or wire. Sprial spacing shall not exceeds 3 in. nor be less than 1 in. Design of short columns Design of long non-sway columns Design of long column with sway 7 . Anchorage of spiral shall be provided by 1-1/2 extra turn.

φ 56.80φ [0.85φ [0. Concrete reaches its maximum strength at 0.0 = (ACI 318-99). when the column fails. There is always bending along with axial load.0 = (ACI 318-99). The strength contributed by concrete is 0. Therefore. 05). the nominal strength of a reinforced concrete column. The strength provided by reinforcing steel is Astfy. Ag is gross area of column. the design strength is φ Pn = 0.0 = (ACI 318-02.85fc' first. For spiral column φ 57.85φ and 0.Design of short concrete columns Strength of column subjected to axial load only Ideally. the design strength is φ Pn = 0. φ 7.85f’c(Ag-Ast)+Astfy] For a regular tie column.8φ are considering the effect of confinement of column ties and strength reduction due to failure mode. is Pn = 0. column loads are never purely axial. if a column is subjected the pure axial load. Ast is areas of reinforcing steel.0 = (ACI 318-02. concrete continues to yield until steel reaches its yield strength. 05) The factors 0. Then.85f’c(Ag-Ast)+Astfy] [3] [2] where φ is strength reduction factor. where fc' is compressive strength of concreter. fy. ACI specify column strength as follows For a spiral column.85f’c(Ag-Ast).85f’c(Ag-Ast)+Astfy [1] For design purpose. For spiral column φ 7. concrete and reinforcing steel will have the same amount of shortening. 8 . Nevertheless.

Concrete fails at a strain of 0. P produces an uniform stress distribution across the section while bending moment produces tensile stress on one side and compressive stress on the other. Strain distributes linearly across section 2. Axial load. M.005 first.Strength of column subjected to axial load and bending Consider a column subjected to axial load. 3. 9 .003. Strain and stress distributions of short concrete column at failure and interactive diagram Assumption: 1.005. P and bending moment.003 Moment only (Axial load = 0) Failure occurs when steel strain reaches 0. A plan section remains a plan at failure. Axial load only (moment = 0) Failure occurs when concrete strain reaches 0. Reinforcing steel fails at a strain of 0.

Large axial load with small moment Failure occurs when concrete strain reaches 0.005 10 .003 Small axial load with large moment Failure occurs when steel strain reaches 0.

005 at the same time.Balanced condition Failure occurs when concrete strain reaches 0. Interaction diagram for Pn and Mn 11 .003 and steel strain reaches 0.

The chart is arranged based on the ratio. The vertical axis is φ Pn /Ag and the horizontal axis is φ Mn /Agh. γ which is the ratio of the distance between center of longitudinal reinforcements to h.Design aid: The interaction diagrams of concrete column with strength reduction factor is available on ACI design handbook. where h is the dimension of column in the direction of moment. 12 .

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and select rebar number and size. ρ from PCA design chart based on concrete strength. 7. As. γ . Calculate factored axial load. and Seismic Design in accordance with the Strength Design Method of 318-95" Design of short concrete column Design requirements: 1. Design strength:φ Pn ≥ Pu and φ Mn ≥ Mu 2. 2. Desogn data: 14 . h in the direction of moment. Footings. Pu/Ag and Mu/Agh.Column strength interaction diagram for rectangular column with γ =0.1. Pu and factored moment. 4. Minimum eccentricity. Design column ties. γ = distance between rebar/h. Calculate area of column reinforcement. fc'. 6. Design example: Example: A 12"x12" interior reinforced concreter short column is supporting a factored axial load of 350 kips and a factored moment of 35 kipft. The title is "SP-17: Design Handbook: Beams. Brackets. Calculate gross area. Mu.. Calculate ratio. e = Mu/Pu ≥ . Ag and ratio. Columns. Select reinforcement ratio. Pile Caps. One-Way Slabs. steel yield strength. Select a trial column column with b and column depth.6 (Coursey of American Concrete Institute) ACI design handbook can be purchase from ACI book store. 5. fy. 3.0 Design procedure: 1. and the ratio. Two-Way Slabs.

Mu/Agh = 35/[(144)(12)] = 0. Ag = 144 in2. h = 12 in Gross area.75 in Calculate γ ( = h .0018)(144) = 2. Pu/Ag = 300/144 = 2. ρ 810. dt = 0. Concrete cover: dc = 1.5 in Assume #4 ties.43 ksi.243 From ACI design handbook.6 Calculate.2 dc-2 dt .ds)/h = 0. As = (0. ds = 0.5 in and #6 bars. Column size: b = 12 in.0 = Area of reinforcement. reinforcement ratio.Factored axial: Pu = 350 kips Factored moment: Mu = 35 ft-kips Compressive strength of concrete: fc'= 4000 psi Yield strength of steel: fy = 60 ksi Requirement: design column reinforcements. 15 .6 in2.

2 dt . Check Bar spacing.Use 6#6.K. s = (h .) Calculate minimum spacing of column ties: 48 times of tie bar diameter = (48)(0.2 dc .64 in2.625 in (O. As = (6)(0.5) = 24 in 16 times of longitudinal bar diameter = (16)(0. 16 .ds)/2 = 3. area of reinforcement.75) = 12 in Minimum diameter of column = 12 in Use #4 ties at 12 inches on center.44) = 2.

Design of long column in non-sway frame (ACI 318-02. k shall not be taken as 1 unless analysis shows that a lower value is justified. lu is unsupported length.5 (klu/r = 40).6+0. Μ 1Μ/ 2 is positive if the column is bent in single curve and Μ 1Μ/ 2 is not to be taken less than -0. r is radius of gyration. the moment need to be design for magnified moment if the ratio klu/r > Μ(21 − 431Μ/ 2) where k is slenderness ratio.0 Pu is factored column load. Cm = 0.4(M1/M2) ≥ 4. and 17 .75Pc) ≥ 1 is moment magnification factor for non-sway frame. If M1 is the smaller and M2 is the larger moment. The design moment shall be amplified as Mc = δ where δ ns ns M2 = Cm/(1-Pu/0.05) Moment magnification for columns in braced frames (non-sway) For a slender column in a braced frame that is subjected to axial compression and moments.

Design data: Total Factored axial: Pu = 350 kips Factored moment: M1 = -35 kips. h = 12 in 18 . Factored column end moments are -35 kip-ft and 45 kip-ft.2EcIg+Es/Ise)/(1+β d) or EI = 0.4EcIg/(1+β d) Where is the ratio of maximum factored axial dead load to total factored load 2 Example: A 12"x12" interior reinforced concrete column is supporting a factored axail dead load of 200 kips and a factored axial live load of 150 kip. The column is a long column and has no sway. EI shall be taken as EI = (0.Pc = π (/ Ι Ε klu)2 is Euler's critical buckling axial load. M2 = 45 kips (bent in single curve) Compressive strength of concrete: 4000 ksi Yield strength of steel: 60 ksi Unsupported length of column: 10 ft Requirement: Determine the magnified design moment Column size: b = 12 in.

0+1(/])6. long column Young's modulus of concrete.4EcIg/(1+β d)= 0.57 The flexural stiffness. 19 .6 in Assume slenderness factor. Assume half of the reinforcement at each side of column. Radius of gyration.6 in = 35 > 34-12(35/45) = 25.3(12 in) = 3. Concrete cover: 1.5 in Assume #4 ties and #8 bars.44 in2. EI = 0. or EI = (0. klu/r = (1)(120 in)/3. The ratio of factored load.5 in. dt = 0. Ec = 570004√ 5063 = ksi Elastic modulus of steel: Es = 29000 ksi Assume 1% area of reinforcement: As = (0.Gross area: Ag = 144 in2.2EcIg+Es/Ise)/(1+β d) 11. r = √(1728/144) = 3.4(3605)(144)/(1+0.5 in or r = 0. k = 1 without detail analysis Slenderness factor.5*2-0. ds = 1 in Gross moment of inertia: Ig = (12 in)4/12 = 1728 in4.71()00092(+)441()5063( 2.5*2-1 = 7 in Moment of inertia of steel reinforcement: Ise = (0. distance between rebas = 12-1.1 = )75. β d = 200/350 = 0.6 in4.57) = 1.0[ = x106 kip-in2.72 in2)(7/2)2*2 = 17.58x106 kip-in2.01)(144 in2) =1.

Pc = π (/ Ι Ε klu)2 = π 2(1.911)/[1-350/1087] = 1.6+0.6 (45) = 71.8 ft-kip 20 .58x106)/(35)2 = 1087 kip Factor Cm = 0.The critical load. Mc = 1. δ ns 2 = Cm/(1-Pu/0.911 Moment magnification factor.75Pc) = (0.4(35/45) = 0.6 The magnified design moment.

lu is unsupported length.0 where ∑Pu and Vu are the total vertical load and the story shear. ∆ due to Vu. the design moment shall be amplified as M1 = M1ns+δ sM1s 21 . The frame can be assumed as non-sway if the end moment from second-order analysis not exceeds 5% of the first-order end moment. r is radius of gyration. The frame can be assumed as non-sway if stability index. The moment need not to be design for magnified moment if the ratio klu/r ≤ 22 where k is slenderness ratio.Design of long column in sway frame Moment magnification for columns in unbraced frames (sway) Determine if the frame is a sway frame 1. Calculating magnified moments If M1 is the smaller and M2 is the larger moment. ο is the first-order relative deflection between the top and bottom of that story 3. 2. and lc is the length of the column. Q = ∑Pu ∆ ο / Vulc ≥ 50.

gravity load).75∑Pc )]≥ Μ s where ∑Pu is the summation for all the factored vertical loads in a story and ∑Pc = π ∑ (/ Ι Ε klu)2 is the summation of critical bucking loads for all the columns in a story from non-sway frame. 2. Example: 22 . and M2s and M2s are moments from loading that contribute to sway (i. 2. The magnified sway moment can be calculated as δ sMs =Ms/[1-∑Pu/(0.5. 2 Limitations 1. The magnification factor δ s shall not exceed 2. The magnified sway moment can be calculated as δ sMs =Ms/(1-Q) ≥ Μ s when 1 ≤ δ s ≤ 5.M2 = M2ns+δ sM2s where M1ns and M2ns are moments from loadings that are not contribute to sway (i.5. wind and seismic) 1.1 3.6. 3. The magnified sway moment δ sMs can be determined by a second-order analysis based on the member stiffness reduced for crack section.e. The value of Q shall not exceed 0. The ratio of second-order lateral deflection to the first-order lateral deflection based on factored dead and live loads plus lateral load shall not exceed 2.e.