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Anchoring To Concrete

John Huang, Ph.D., P.E. and  Marvin Liebler, PE

Course Outline

1.   Anchor Materials
2.   Concrete Cracking
3.   General Code Requirements
4.   Bolt Bending
5.   Anchor Tension Reinforcement
6.   Anchor Shear Reinforcement
7.   Failure Modes
8.   Base Plates
9.   Examples

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

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will learn:

●    Cast-in anchor types;
●    Post-installed anchor types;
●    Shrinkage cracking;
●    Thermal stresses;
●    Concrete splitting;
●    Group effects;
●    Strength reduction factors;
●    Bolt bending;
●    Tension reinforcement;
●    Shear reinforcement;
●    Steel strength of anchor steel in tension;
●    Concrete breakout in tension;
●    Pullout strength;
●    Side-face blowout strength;
●    Bond strength of adhesive anchor;
●    Steel strength of anchor in shear;
●    Concrete breakout in shear;
●    Concrete pryout in shear;
●    Shear transfer by friction;
●    Shear transfer by shear lug;
●    Practical considerations; and
●    Examples

Intended Audience

Structural engineers
Structural designers
Code review officers

Benefit to Attendees

The student will gain a working knowledge of the analysis and design of concrete anchor systems.

Course Introduction

Anchor descriptions, analysis and design, and application to practical engineering projects.

Course Content

In this lesson, you are required to download and study the following course content in PDF format:

Anchoring To Concrete

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Course Summary

Through the use of procedures and practical examples, the analysis and design of anchor systems is presented.


Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.