# Working Stress Design

**Situation**

A concrete beam with cross section in Figure CO4-2B is simply supported over a span of 4 m. The cracking moment of the beam is 75 kN·m.

1. Find the maximum uniform load that the beam can carry without causing the concrete to crack, in kN/m.

A. 35.2 | C. 33.3 |

B. 37.5 | D. 41.8 |

2. Find the modulus of rapture of the concrete used in the beam.

A. 4.12 MPa | C. 3.77 MPa |

B. 3.25 MPa | D. 3.54 MPa |

3. If the hallow portion is replaced with a square section of side 300 mm, what is the cracking moment of the new section in kN·m?

A. 71.51 | C. 78.69 |

B. 76.58 | D. 81.11 |

## Example 03: Finding the Number of 32-mm Steel Bars for Doubly-Reinforced Concrete Propped Beam

**Problem**

A propped beam 8 m long is to support a total load of 28.8 kN/m. It is desired to find the steel reinforcements at the most critical section in bending. The cross section of the concrete beam is 400 mm by 600 mm with an effective cover of 60 mm for the reinforcements. *f’ _{c}* = 21 MPa,

*f*= 140 MPa,

_{s}*n*= 9. Determine the required number of 32 mm ø tension bars and the required number of 32 mm ø compression bars.

## Example 02: Finding the Number of 28-mm Steel Bars of Singly-Reinforced Concrete Cantilever Beam

**Problem**

A reinforced concrete cantilever beam 4 m long has a cross-sectional dimensions of 400 mm by 750 mm. The steel reinforcement has an effective depth of 685 mm. The beam is to support a superimposed load of 29.05 kN/m including its own weight. Use *f’ _{c}* = 21 MPa,

*f*= 165 MPa, and

_{s}*n*= 9. Determine the required number of 28 mm ø reinforcing bars using Working Stress Design method.

## Example 04: Stress of Tension Steel, Stress of Compression Steel, and Stress of Concrete in Doubly Reinforced Beam

**Problem**

A 300 mm × 600 mm reinforced concrete beam section is reinforced with 4 - 28-mm-diameter tension steel at *d* = 536 mm and 2 - 28-mm-diameter compression steel at *d'* = 64 mm. The section is subjected to a bending moment of 150 kN·m. Use *n* = 9.

1. Find the maximum stress in concrete.

2. Determine the stress in the compression steel.

3. Calculate the stress in the tension steel.

## Example 03: Compressive Force at the Section of Concrete T-Beam

**Problem**

The following are the dimensions of a concrete T-beam section

*b*= 600 mm

_{f}Thickness of flange,

*t*= 80 mm

_{f}Width of web,

*b*= 300 mm

_{w}Effective depth,

*d*= 500 mm

The beam is reinforced with 3-32 mm diameter bars in tension and is carrying a moment of 100 kN·m. Find the total compressive force in the concrete. Use *n* = 9.

## Example 01: Total Compression Force at the Section of Concrete Beam

**Problem**

A rectangular reinforced concrete beam with width of 250 mm and effective depth of 500 mm is subjected to 150 kN·m bending moment. The beam is reinforced with 4 – 25 mm ø bars. Use alternate design method and modular ratio *n* = 9.

- What is the maximum stress of concrete?
- What is the maximum stress of steel?
- What is the total compressive force in concrete?

## Example 01: Required Steel Area of Reinforced Concrete Beam

**Problem**

A rectangular concrete beam is reinforced in tension only. The width is 300 mm and the effective depth is 600 mm. The beam carries a moment of 80 kN·m which causes a stress of 5 MPa in the extreme compression fiber of concrete. Use *n* = 9.

1. What is the distance of the neutral axis from the top of the beam?

2. Calculate the required area for steel reinforcement.

3. Find the stress developed in the steel.

## Design of Steel Reinforcement of Concrete Beams by WSD Method

Steps is for finding the required steel reinforcements of beam with known *M _{max}* and other beam properties using Working Stress Design method.

Given the following, direct or indirect:

*b*

Effective depth =

*d*

Allowable stress for concrete =

*f*

_{c}Allowable stress for steel =

*f*

_{s}Modular ratio =

*n*

Maximum moment carried by the beam =

*M*

_{max}

## Working Stress Design of Reinforced Concrete

Working Stress Design is called **Alternate Design Method** by NSCP (*National Structural Code of the Philippines*) and ACI (*American Concrete Institute, ACI*).

**Code Reference**

NSCP 2010 - Section 424: Alternate Design Method

ACI 318 - Appendix A: Alternate Design Method

**Notation**

_{c}= allowable compressive stress of concrete

f

_{s}= allowable tesnile stress of steel reinforcement

f'

_{c}= specified compressive strength of concrete

f

_{y}= specified yield strength of steel reinforcement

E

_{c}= modulus of elasticity of concrete

E

_{s}= modulus of elasticity of steel

n = modular ratio

M = design moment

d = distance from extreme concrete fiber to centroid of steel reinforcement

kd = distance from the neutral axis to the extreme fiber of concrete

jd = distance between compressive force C and tensile force T

ρ = ratio of the area of steel to the effective area of concrete

A

_{s}= area of steel reinforcement