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Technical Note

Structural Concrete Software System


TN220_Waffle_Slab_Design
052006

WAFFLE SLAB DESIGN USING POST-TENSIONING1

Where concrete is relatively expensive and height limitations are critical, post-tensioned waffle slab
construction is likely to be the most economical alternative, compared to other options. This
Technical Note offers several views of post-tensioned waffle slab construction, along with views of
its modeling for analysis and design using ADAPT FLOOR Pro program2.

FIGURE 1 POST-TENSIONED WAFFLE SLAB CONSTRUCTION

FIGURE 2 VIEW OF A WAFFLE SLAB CONSTRUCTOIN


IN FLOOR Pro PROGRAM

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The program ADAPT-PT is also suitable for modeling and design of waffle slab construction

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FIGURE 3 REFLECTED CEILING MODEL OF THE WAFFLE SLAB


FLOOR SYSTEM IN FLOOR-Pro PROGRAM

FIGURE 4 THREE DIMENSIONAL VIEW OF THE WAFFLE


CONSTRUCTION

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FIGURE 5 ARRANGEMENT OF TENDONS ON PLAN,


SHOWING THE STRESSING ENDS

FIGURE 6 3D VIEW OF TENDONS AND WAFFLE DETAILS

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(a) Three dimensional view of the floor system

(b) Section through the floor system

FIGURE 7 VIEW OF THE FLOOR SYSTEM AND A SECTION GENERATED


BY FLOOR-Pro PROGRAM

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FIGURE 8 FINITE ELEMENT MESH USED FOR ANALYSIS AND DESIGN

FIGURE 9 DEFLECTED SHAPE OF THE FLOOR SYSTEM UNDER SEFLWEIGHT

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FIGURE 10 VIEW OF WAFFLE SLAB CONSTRUCTION

FIGURE 11 VIEW OF WAFFLE SLAB CONSTRUCTION