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Assignment by

PGP ACM 28th Batch (2014- 2016)



1. Explain the philosophies and design issues of Reinforced Concrete

The design of a structure may be regarded as the process of selecting proper materials and
proportioned elements of the structure, according to the art, engineering science and
technology. In order to fulfill its purpose, the structure must meet its conditions of safety,
serviceability, economy and functionality.
a.) Strength design method:
It is based on the ultimate strength of the structural members assuming a failure
condition, whether due to the crushing of concrete or due to the yield of reinforced steel
bars. Although there is additional strength in the bar after yielding (due to Strain
Hardening), this additional strength in the bar is not considered in the analysis or design
of the reinforced concrete members. In the strength design method, actual loads or
working loads are multiplied by load factor to obtain the ultimate design loads. The
load factor represents a high percentage of factor for safety required in the design. The
ACI code emphasizes this method of design.
b.) Working stress design:
This design concept is based on elastic theory, assuming a straight line stress
distribution along the depth of the concrete. The actual loads or working loads acting
on the structure are estimated and members are proportioned on the basis of certain
allowable stresses in concrete and steel. The allowable stresses are fractions of the
crushing strength of concrete (fc') and the yield strength (fy). Because of the differences
in realism and reliability over the past several decades, the strength design method has
displaced the older stress design method.
c.) Limit state design:

It is a further step in the strength design method. It indicates the state of the member in
which it ceases to meet the service requirements, such as, losing its ability to withstand
external loads or local damage. According to limit state design, reinforced concrete
members have to be analyzed with regard to three limit states:
1. Load carrying capacity (involves safety, stability and durability)
2. Deformation (deflection, vibrations, and impact)
3. The formation of cracks

The aim of LSD is to ensure that no limiting sate will appear in the structural member
during its service life.
Structure to be designed for the Limit States at which they would become unfit for their
intended purpose by choosing, appropriate partial safety factors, based on probabilistic
methods. Two partial safety factors, one applied to loading and another to the material
strength shall be employed.

Design issues:
The procedure for analysis and design of a given building will depend on the type of
building, its complexity the number of stories etc.
The design should be carried so as to conform to the following Indian code for reinforced
concrete design, published by the Bureau of Indian Standards, New Delhi.
The aim of design is achievement of an acceptable probability that structures being
designed shall, with an appropriate degree of safety:

Perform satisfactorily during their intended life.

Sustain all loads and deformations of normal construction & use
Have adequate durability
Have adequate resistance to the effects of misuse and fire

Structure and structural elements shall normally be designed by Limit State Method. Where
the Limit State Method cannot be conveniently adopted, Working Stress Method may be
used. Arrangement of loads should be carefully done
Its the combination of design dead load on all spans with full design live load on two
adjacent spans & design dead load on all spans with full design live load on alternate spans.
When design live load does not exceed three-fourths of the design dead load, the load
arrangement may be design dead load and design live load on all the spans.
For determining the moments and shears at any floor or roof level due to gravity loads, the
beams at that level together with columns above and below with their far ends fixed may
be considered to constitute the frame. For lateral loads simplified methods are used for
symmetrical structures and rigorous methods for unsymmetrical structures
Unless more exact estimates are made, for beams of uniform cross-section which support
substantially uniformly distributed load over three or more spans which do not differ by
more than 15 percent of the longest, the bending moments and shear forces used in design

may be obtained using the coefficients. For moments at supports where two unequal spans
meet or in case where the spans are not equally loaded, the average of the two values for
the negative moment at the support may be taken for design.
Where a member is built into a masonry wall which develops only partial restraint, the
member shall be designed to resist a negative moment at the face of the support of W1/24
where W is the total design load and 1 is the effective span, or such other restraining
moment as may be shown to be applicable. For such a condition shear coefficient at the
end support may be increased by 0.05.
For monolithic construction, the moments computed at the face of the supports shall be
used in the design of the members at those sections. The shears computed at the face of the
Support shall be used in the design of the member at that section except as in above cases.
When the reaction in the direction of the applied shear introduces compression into the end
region of the member, sections located at a distance less than d from the face of the support
may be designed for the same shear as that computed at distance d.
The deflection shall generally be limited to the following:

The final deflection due to all loads including the effects of temperature, creep and
shrinkage and measured from the as cast level of the supports of floors, roofs and
all other horizontal members, should not normally exceed span/250.
The deflection including the effects of temperature, creep and shrinkage occurring
after erection of partitions and the application of finishes should not normally
exceed span/350 or 20mm whichever is less.

The minimum area of tension reinforcement shall not be less than As/bd = .85/fy.
The maximum area of compression reinforcement shall not exceed 0.04 bd. Compression
reinforcement in beams shall be enclosed by stirrups for effective lateral restraint.
The transverse reinforcement in beam shall be taken around the outer most tension &
compression bars. In T-beams and I-beams, such reinforcement shall pass around
longitudinal bars located close to the outer face of the flange.
The above mentioned issues should carefully be considered when designing a reinforced
concrete structure.

2. Explain in detail about preparation of bar bending schedule along with

one example of your choice.
Preparation of highly detailed reinforcement drawing and bar bending schedule is an
essential requirement in the construction field, all over the world except in India!! With
this we can achieve a high level of quality control at site and will be advantageous in
various aspects of construction. Unlike the practice of doing reinforcement cutting and
bending in a separate workshop, as in UK and USA, based on the bar bending schedule
prepared by engineers in the design office, the practice in India has been doing
reinforcement cutting and bending at the site only which is based on the bar bending
schedule prepared at site by site engineers or supervisors. In the present construction
industry, the preparation of the bar bending schedule for the reinforcement work is by site
engineers or the supervisors which is being done in India is becoming a bad practice. Due
to lack of quality supervisors and unskilled labors in the site, our quality control in bar
bending and laying is not up to the standard. Also proper cutting of bars is not done which
results in cutting wastage .The fact is that the site engineers or the supervisors are not fully
aware of all the design considerations that was made for the project, regarding the
anchoring, curtailment and lapping of reinforcement bars and their positions, particularly
in respect of ductile detailing for earthquake-resistant structures. So these schedules are to
be prepared by the engineers in the design office only.
Bar bending schedule is used to communicate the design requirement of reinforcement
steel to the fabricator and execution team and to enumerate the weight of each size of
Generally, civil engineers who are familiar in RCC structure are employed to prepare
Rebar bending schedule. Now a days software/programs are available to prepare BBS.
When compared to common quantity take offs, preparation of Rebar schedule needs
excessive time for calculation. These calculations include cutting length, deduction of
bend allowance within cutting length and summary of weight of each size separately.
Insertion of any omitted items or revisions in the drawing may lead to repeated
calculations and consume ample time.
Advantages of preparing a BBS are:

Scheduling and proper bending is strongly recommended for Fe 500. Fe 500 saves
10% compared to Fe 415 steel used presently. Cutting and bending in a cut and
bend factory avoids the wastage completely (5-7 %). With BBS, bars can be cut
with planning to reduce the wastage in a site with even the present setup.
There is a general tendency to group slabs and beams in the usual design methods.
In BBS, it is a must to detail every member separately to account finer geometry
and different forces coming on the structure in the modern design methods.
Instead of grouping members as all members are detailed separately gives
reduction in steel as every member is individually reinforced to resist what it has

Better estimation of steel.

Real time estimation data, with the design.
Better control on stock of steel actually required.
Theft and pilferage of steel can be reduced.
Economical order quantity for better project management
Bench marking quantity and quality requirements.
Optimize your design based on the quantity of steel.
Steel bending and cutting can commence even before the form work is done.
Steel bending can be done at a separate site, marked and then can be assembled at
site, if there is space limitations.
Project time can be reduced as the bars can be cut and bend before form work is
What you see in the drawing is what you get at the site.
With a quality data set, other management software (ERP systems) can work on
A paperless office concept in the construction industry and associated advantages.
Total length of bars calculated using Engineering formula, leaves nothing to
Mechanization of bending and cutting is possible. (Cut and bend systems)
Reduces labor and time but increases the reliability.
As the works gets organized, smaller contractors can work on the project at lesser

Fig 1.1 : Calculation of lengths of different bars

Fig 1.2 The bar bending schedule was prepared from data collected during my summer internship in Cyberlife,
Aparna constructions (Beam of tower D). It was prepared in excel and is imported to this pdf.

3. Explain in detail about the build ability concept and give one example.

Buildability or "Constructability" has been used and evolved in the construction

management in the late 1970s in United Kingdom, but its potential was not been fully
exploited in construction industry at the time.
Buildability is increasingly become an integral part of the construction industry in many
countries because it was a technique used to manage the construction process during the
pre-construction stage.
Buildabilty is the extent to which the design of a building facilitates ease of construction.
The second major aspect of research into buildability is that of heuristic design principles.
These are rules of thumb about the design of the building that an architect or building
designer might employ in order to ensure the good buildability of a project. Several
researchers have produced sets of such principles, usually from analysis of case studies of
buildings that achieved good buildability in comparison with case studies of buildings with
poor buildability. Different researchers have developed their principles in different ways
but there is much common ground in these proposed strategies. These strategies cover
issues such as access, timing, skill levels, repetition, tolerances and sequences in their study
of the construction industry, identified seven general principles of buildability:
Carry out thorough investigation and design.
Plan for essential site production requirements.
Plan for a practical sequence of building operations and early enclosure.
Plan for simplicity of assembly and logical trade sequences.
Detail for maximum repetition and standardization.
Detail for achievable tolerances.
Specify robust and suitable materials
Buildable design often has a direct implication on quality achievement in a project. Projects
with better quality performance (as measured by CONQUAS- Construction Quality
Assessment System) invariably are also those that had adopted good buildable designs.
Examples of such projects, include commercial, residential, institutional and mixed
developments like The Esparis, Monterey Park, Savannah Park, The Pier, Icon, One Marina
and ITE Simei.
The examples from residential projects that adopted good design concepts such as flat
plate slab, curtain wall, drywall partitions, prefabricated bathrooms, screed-less floor, etc.
All these buildable systems facilitate ease of construction leading to good quality

1st example in buildability--Flat plate slab:

The floor slab has no intermediate or secondary beams. This improves the construction
cycle time and productivity. The quality of the slab surface is also better as there are less
joints in the system formwork. The M&E system can be accommodated easily under the
slab since there are no intermediate beams causing obstructions.

2nd example in buildability-- Drywall partitions:

Drywall partitions have many advantages compared to conventional wet trade partitions.
Quality finish, speed of construction, ease of installation and reconstruction are the key

3rd example in buildability-- Prefabricated bathrooms:

Bathrooms are prefabricated in a factory and installed on site. This innovative method
results in better tolerances and the workmanship is significantly better than conventional
bathroom construction. The off-site production often makes the manufacture of the
bathroom no longer a critical activity that may affect other construction works on site.

4th example in buildability-- Screed-less flooring:

A combination of suitable adhesives and a leveled concrete floor slab makes the system
practical. Using this method, screeding, one of the messy trade in flooring installation,
can be eliminated. Hollowness in flooring, which is caused mainly by incompatibility
between substrate and screed, can also be minimized.

4. Discuss about Economics of Structural design

Construction, like all businesses, is driven by time and money. During the early planning
stages of a project, the budget is determined, design team chosen and preliminary building
plan laid out. It is imperative to include all design team members when decisions
concerning the building layout are concerned.
Potential for cost control is determined by the choice of structural system and its layout
during the early planning of a project. Through diligent cost evaluation, the structural
design engineer is a key person who can save the client time and money.
Construction economy is almost always best served when there is a high repetition and
modularity in the original building layout. Other factors that affect the cost of the structural
system include framing direction, total number of structural members, and connection
As design professionals, as a minimum standard, we conform to applicable building codes
to determine building member sizes. As a result, the most economical member size is
chosen based upon required strength, material availability, serviceability guidelines, and
fabrication and construction considerations. The lightest structure does not necessarily
result in the most economical design.
We no longer build buildings like we used to, nor do we pay for them in the same way.
Buildings today support systems, communication terminals, data manufacturing
centers, and much more. They are incredibly expensive tools that must be constantly
adjusted to function efficiently. The economics of building has become as complex as its
Every owner wants a cost-effective building. In many respects the interpretation is
influenced by an individual's interests and objectives, and how they define "cost-effective".

Is it the lowest first-cost structure that meets the program?

Is it the design with the lowest operating and maintenance costs?
Is it the building with the longest life span?
Is it the facility in which users are most productive?
Is it the building that offers the greatest return on investment?

While an economically efficient project is likely to have one or more of these attributes, it
is impossible to summarize cost-effectiveness by a single parameter. Determining true
cost-effectiveness requires a life-cycle perspective where all costs and benefits of a given
project are evaluated and compared over its economic life.
In economic terms, a building design is deemed to be cost-effective if it results in benefits
equal to those of alternative designs and has a lower whole life cost, or total cost of
ownership For example, the HVAC system alternative that satisfies the heating and cooling

requirements of a building at the minimum whole life cost, is the cost-effective HVAC
system of choice. Components of the whole life cost include the initial design and
construction cost, on-going operations and maintenance, parts replacement, disposal cost
or salvage value, and of course the useful life of the system or building.
As most projects are authorized/funded without a means of increasing budgets, it is
essential that the project requirements are set by considering life-cycle costs. This will
ensure that the budget supports any first-cost premium that a life-cycle cost-effective
alternative may incur. Once a budget has been established, it is essential to continually test
the viability of its assumptions by employing cost management throughout the design and
development process. An aspect of cost management is a cost control practice called Value
Engineering (VE). VE is a systematic evaluation procedure directed at analyzing the
function of materials, systems, processes, and building equipment for the purpose of
achieving required functions at the lowest total cost of ownership.
In addition to first costs, facility investment decisions typically include projected cost
impacts of, energy/utility use, operation and maintenance and future system replacements.
At the beginning of each project, establish what economic tools and models will be used
to evaluate these building investment parameters. The methodologies of life-cycle cost
analysis (LCCA) will typically offer comparisons of total life-cycle costs based upon net
present values. Other methods usually used as supplementary measures of costeffectiveness to the LCCA include Net Savings, Savings-to-Investment Ratios, Internal
Rate of Return, and Payback.
The objective of a LCCA is to determine costs and benefits of design alternatives to
facilitate informed decision-making. Costs can be more readily quantified than benefits
because they normally have dollar amounts attached. Benefits are difficult because they
often tend to have more intangibles. In some cases, these non-monetary issues are used as
tiebreakers to quantitative analyses. In other instances, non-monetary issues can override
quantitatively available cost comparisons, for example, renewable energy application.
These cost-effectiveness principles serve as driving objectives for cost management
practices in the planning, design, construction, and operation of facilities that balance cost,
scope, and quality. Analyzing the environmental costs through Life Cycle Assessment
(LCA) can be complementary to the dollar cost implications of the design, materials
selection, and operation of buildings. The LCA methodology, which can enhance
information gleaned from an LCC, includes definition of goal and scope, an inventory
assessment, life-cycle impact assessment, and interpretation-an iterative process.
The above stated principles, if used can minimize the cost associated with the structure.

5. Explain how prestresssed concrete is alternative solution in economizing

the structural design and discuss about pre tensioning and post
tensioning techniques.

Prestressed concrete is a method for overcoming concrete's natural weakness in tension.

Prestressing tendons (generally of high tensile steel cable or rods) are used which produces
a compressive stress that offsets the tensile stress that the concrete compression member
would otherwise experience due to selfweight and gravity loads. Traditional reinforced
concrete is based on the use of steel reinforcement bars, rebar, and inside poured concrete.
Coming to the economics pre-stressing offers direct cost reduction over conventionally
reinforced slabs primarily by reducing concrete and rebar material quantities as well as
rebar installation labor. Typically, savings between 10%20% in direct cost are achieved.
Followings are the factors which contribute to direct cost reduction:

Less concrete material

Reduction in slab thickness reduces total building height and cost
Less rebar
Less labor cost for installation of material
Reduced material handling
Simplified formwork leads to less labor cost
Rapid reuse of formwork leads to less formwork on jobsite
70 % less rebar
13 % less concrete
Elimination of all Hurdy Blocks
Unified structural slab system
Beams & drop caps were deleted, simplifying slab installation
25% less formwork
3 months shorter construction program
15% savings in site overhead and plant

As a rule, the break even mark between conventional and prestressed solutions is approx.
7m spans. In a typical slab with spans over 7 meters, the net savings in material cost can
range between 10%20% of original RC alternative.
Hence using prestressing technique is much beneficial economically.
Prestressing can be accomplished in two ways: pre-tensioned concrete and post-tensioned

a.) Pre-tensioned concrete:

Pre-tensioned concrete is cast around already tensioned tendons. This method produces
a good bond between the tendon and concrete, which both protects the tendon from
corrosion and allows for direct transfer of tension. The cured concrete adheres and
bonds to the bars and when the tension is released it is transferred to the concrete as
compression by static friction.
However, it requires stout anchoring points between which the tendon is to be stretched
and the tendons are usually in a straight line. Thus, most pretensioned concrete
elements are prefabricated in a factory and must be transported to the construction site,
which limits their size. Pre-tensioned elements may be balcony elements, lintels, floor
slabs, beams or foundation piles. An innovative bridge construction method using prestressing is described in stressed ribbon bridge.
b.) Post-Tensioned Concrete
Bonded post-tensioned concrete is the descriptive term for a method of applying
compression after pouring concrete and the curing process (in situ). The concrete is
cast around a plastic, steel or aluminum curved duct, to follow the area where otherwise
tension would occur in the concrete element. A set of tendons are fished through the
duct and the concrete is poured.
Once the concrete has hardened, the tendons are tensioned by hydraulic jacks that react
against the concrete member itself. When the tendons have stretched sufficiently,
according to the design specifications (see Hooke's law), they are wedged in position
and maintain tension after the jacks are removed, transferring pressure to the concrete.
The duct is then grouted to protect the tendons from corrosion. This method is
commonly used to create monolithic slabs for house construction in locations where
expansive soils (such as adobe clay) create problems for the typical perimeter
foundation. All stresses from seasonal expansion and contraction of the underlying soil
are taken into the entire tensioned slab, which supports the building without significant
Post-stressing is also used in the construction of various bridges, both after concrete is
cured after support by false work and by the assembly of prefabricated sections, as in
the segmental bridge. The advantages of this system over unbonded post-tensioning

Large reduction in traditional reinforcement requirements as tendons cannot

de-stress in accidents.
Tendons can easily be 'weaved' allowing a more efficient design approach.
Higher ultimate strength due to bond generated between the strand and
No long term issues with maintaining the integrity of the anchor/dead end.

Unbonded Post-Tensioned Concrete differs from bonded post-tensioning by providing

each individual cable permanent freedom of movement relative to the concrete. To achieve
this, each individual tendon is coated with a grease (generally lithium based) and covered
by a plastic sheathing formed in an extrusion process. The transfer of tension to the concrete
is achieved by the steel cable acting against steel anchors embedded in the perimeter of the
The main disadvantage over bonded post-tensioning is the fact that a cable can de-stress
itself and burst out of the slab if damaged (such as during repair on the slab). The
advantages of this system over bonded post-tensioning are:

The ability to individually adjust cables based on poor field conditions, e.g.,
shifting a group of 4 cables around an opening by placing 2 to either side).
The procedure of post-stress grouting is eliminated.

The ability to de-stress the tendons before attempting repair work.