Two-Way Solid Flat Plate Design

  • Edward S. Hoffman
  • David P. Gustafson
  • Albert J. Gouwens


Following accepted terminology, a flat plate is considered here as a two-way reinforced flat slab of uniform depth without interior beams, drop panels, brackets, or capitals that is supported directly by columns spaced to form a square or rectangular grid. Spandrel beams at edges and large openings will usually be required for heavy loads, except where large columns are available, or where special provisions are made for shear transfer of loads to edge columns. Cantilever edges can be structually advantageous particularly where spandrel beams are undesirable for architectural reasons.


Critical Section Live Load Shear Reinforcement Column Size Story Height 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward S. Hoffman
    • 1
  • David P. Gustafson
    • 2
  • Albert J. Gouwens
    • 3
  1. 1.Edward S. Hoffman, Ltd.ChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Concrete Reinforcing Steel InstituteSchaumburgUSA
  3. 3.Gouwens Engineering Consultants, Inc.ElmhurstUSA

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