Useful Tips for Design of RCC slab

Hello friends, In this article I will give you some useful Tips for Design of RCC slab
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RCC Slab Design Guidelines:
a) Effective span of slab:
Effective span of slab shall be lesser of the two
1. L = clear span + d (effective depth )
2. L = Center to center distance between the support
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b) Depth of slab:
The depth of slab depends on bending moment and deflection criterion. the trail depth can be obtained using:
 Effective depth d= Span /((L/d)Basic x modification factor)
 For obtaining modification factor, the percentage of steel for slab can be assumed from 0.2 to 0.5%.
 The effective depth d of two way slabs can also be assumed using cl.24.1,IS 456 provided short span is 3.5m and loading class is <3.5KN/m2
Type of support
Simply supported
Fe250 – L/35
Fe415 – L/28
Continuous support
Fe250 – L/40
Fe415 – L/32
Or, the following thumb rules can be used:
 One way slab d=(L/22) to (L/28).
 Two way simply supported slab d=(L/20) to (L/30)
 Two way restrained slab d=(L/30) to (L/32)
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c) Load on slab:
The load on slab comprises of Dead load, floor finish and live load. The loads are calculated per unit area (load/m2).
Dead load = D x 25 kN/m2 ( Where D is thickness of slab in m)
Floor finish (Assumed as)= 1 to 2 kN/m2
Live load (Assumed as) = 3 to 5 kN/m2 (depending on the occupancy of the building)
Detailing Requirements of RCC Slab as per IS456: 2000
a) Nominal Cover:
For Mild exposure – 20 mm
For Moderate exposure – 30 mm
However, if the diameter of bar do not exceed 12 mm, or cover may be reduced by 5 mm. Thus for main reinforcement up to 12 mm diameter bar and for mild exposure, the nominal cover is 15 mm.
b) Minimum reinforcement: The reinforcement in either direction in slab shall not be less than
 0.15% of the total cross sectional area for Fe250 steel
 0.12% of the total crosssectional area for Fe415 & Fe500 steel.
c) Spacing of bars: The maximum spacing of bars shall not exceed
 Main Steel – 3d or 300 mm whichever is smaller
 Distribution steel –5d or 450 mm whichever is smaller Where, ‘d’ is the effective depth of slab. Note: The minimum clear spacing of bars is not kept less than 75 mm (Preferably 100 mm) though code do not recommend any value.
d) Maximum diameter of bar: The maximum diameter of bar in slab, shall not exceed D/8, where D is the total thickness of slab.
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