Columns – Introduction

Columns are essentially compression members, but they may be required to resist lateral forces caused by wind and seismic activity. Additionally, they may be required to resist bending, especially in suspension structures where they act as ‘towers’ or ‘masts’ providing support for tension members. Bending may also be the result of eccentricity of the end-reaction …

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Concrete Composite Floors – Construction Details

Floor Types Here, we’ll be looking at 3 floor types which represent most types likely to be encountered, they include: Down-hand Construction Integrated Constructions Slim-Floor Construction Down-Hand Construction This is where the concrete floor sits on top of the supporting steelwork. The metal decking would typically span across multiple beams making it stiffer and stronger …

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Concrete Composite Floors

Composite construction has contributed significantly to the dominance of steel frames in the commercial building sector worldwide. Composite floors are usually incorporated into multi-storey commercial structures and typically consist of profiled steel decking with a reinforced concrete floor cast in-situ.  The decking not only acts as a permanent shutter, but it also provides sufficient shear-bond …

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