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Design of Reinforced Concrete Beams per ACI 318-02

Jose-Miguel Albaine, M.S., P.E.

The most important single characteristic of a beam is its strength. The two most important quantities that must be considered in the design of beams are vertical shear and bending moment. In the design of reinforced concrete beams for the limit state of failure several factors need to be reconciled since these beams are neither homogeneous nor elastic at the ultimate load.

This course will cover the basic concepts of design of reinforced concrete beams, based on the new criteria specified in the latest edition of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete ACI 318-02, (herein referred as ACI 318).

The topics included are: design assumptions, general principles and requirements, minimum reinforcement for flexural members, new load factors and strength reduction factors, and distribution of flexural reinforcement. Doubly reinforced sections, nonrectangular sections, T-beams two-way slab, deep beams, shear and torsion, and prestressed beams are not in the scope of this course.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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