# DCOM Volume I Appendix D

# Appendix D: Structural Design of Concrete

Concrete members used in water structures range from Walls, Slabs, Roofs and Floors. Design of Reinforced Concrete should ensure these structures have sufficient resistance to cracking, adequate strength and does not allow leakage. Three methods or approaches are available for structural design of concrete, these are described below:

**Working Stress Method:**

- Produces uneconomical section,
- Produces stable section.

**Ultimate Load Method**

- Produces cheaper section,
- Produces unstable section.

**Limit State Method**

- Produces economical section,
- Produces stable section.

For design of water structure it is recommended to use Limit State Design Method, design of structural members should consider two design limits;

**Limit of Collapse Design:**

- Take care of safety of structure
- Deals with all types of forces Shear Force, Bending Moment, Torsion Moment ,
- Design criteria is the resistance offered by structure should not be less than limit value set in design code
- The appropriate loading value in the structure is based on loading combination of Dead Loads, Live Loads, Wind Load and Earth Quake Load as provided in BS 8110 code.

**Limit of serviceability Design:**

- Take care of control, deflection, cracking, abrasion and corrosion,
- The calculated values of deflection shall be less than the permissible values of deflection,

**Design Requirements and Safety Factors**

Design requirements for water structures should be according to BS 8110 but modified for the limits state of cracking to take care of crack width under the effect of applied loads, temperature and moisture content. Details of design requirements and partial safety factors as per BS 8007 is shown below.

**Criteria for Sizing of Concrete Slabs and Walls Slabs Resting on Firm Ground**

- Concrete slabs casted to rest directly over firm ground should be designed with nominal percentage of reinforcement provided that it is certain that the ground will carry the load without appreciable subsidence in any part.
- Concrete slabs should be cast in panels with sides not more than 4.5 m with contraction or expansion joints between.
- A screed or concrete layer less than 75mm thick should first be placed on the ground and covered with a sliding layer of bitumen paper or other suitable material to destroy the bond between the screed and floor slab.
- In normal circumstances the screed layer should be of grade not weaker than grade 10, where injurious soils or aggressive water are expected, the screed layer should be of grade not weaker than grade 15 and if necessary a sulphate resisting or other special cement should be used.

**Slabs Resting on Support**

- When structures are supported on walls or other similar supports the slabs should be designed as floor in buildings for bending moments due to water load and self-weight.
- When the slab is rigidly connected to the walls (as is generally the case) the bending moments at the junction between the walls and slab should be taken into account in the design of slab together with any direct forces transferred to the slab from the walls due to suspension of the slab
- If the walls are non-monolithic with the slab, such as in cases, where movement joints have been provided between the slabs and walls, the slab should be designed only for the vertical loads.
- In continuous T-beams and L-beams with ribs on the side remote from the liquid, the tension in concrete on the liquid side at the face of the supports should not exceed the permissible stresses for controlling cracks in concrete. The width of the slab is determined in usual manner for calculation of the resistance to cracking of T-beam, L-beam sections at supports as given in BS8110 design code.

**Circular Tanks with sliding joint at base:**

- If the wall of a cylindrical tank has a sliding joint at the base and is free at the top, then when the tank is full, no radial shear or vertical bending occurs,the tank wall will be subjected to pure circumferential tension with a varying magnitude whereby at bottom there is maximum value and at top there is zero value,
- Design of the tank wall should be done by determining the width of the tank wall t and the area of reinforcement required to resist the circumferential tension only,
- The varying value of circumferential tension per unit height T at depth z below the top and area steel required to resist circumferential tension and thickness of wall are given by equations below:

T = ɣrz

A_{st} = T/ර_{st}

Where
r is the internal radius of the tank ,
ɣ is unit weight of the liquid,
z is the depth below the top of tank,
A_{st} is the area of circumferential tension steel,
ර_{st} is the permissible tension strength of steel,
T is circumferential tension (Hoops tension

**Circular Tank with fixed joint at base:**

- If the wall of the Tank is supported at the base such that no radial movement occurs; then the wall will be subjected to radial shear, vertical bending and circumferential tension, the value of circumferential tension is always zero at the bottom of the wall,
- Assumption should be made that some portion of the wall at base acts as cantilever and thus some load at bottom are taken by the cantilever effect. Load in the top portion is taken by the hoop tension. The cantilever effect depends on the height of the wall,
- The bottom part of the tank wall about of the tank height H, or 1 meter from bottom whichever is greater is acted upon by a cantilever moment,
- For walls with free tops and a bottom that is either fixed or hinged values of circumferential tension, vertical moments and radial shear may be calculated from values of coefficients given in Tables D.2 and D.3,
- Design of the tank wall should be done by determining the width of the tank wall t and the area of reinforcement required to resist the circumferential tension, shear forces and bending moments determined in the design of slabs,

Table D.1Design requirements and partial safety factors (BS 8007)

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**Rectangular Tanks,**

- In the case of rectangular or polygonal walls, the sides act as two way slabs, whereby the wall is continued or restrained in the horizontal direction, fixed or hinged at the bottom and hinged or free at the top. The walls thus act as thin plates subjected triangular loading and with boundary conditions varying between full restraint and free edge.
- Analysis for moments and shear forces should be done as that of two ways slabs considering walls as individual rectangular slab panels under action of triangularly distributed loads; no need of modification to be applied to continuous walls provided there is no rotation about the vertical edges,
- In plane walls, the liquid pressure is resisted by both vertical and horizontal bending moments. An estimate should be made of the proportion of the pressure resisted by bending moments in the vertical and horizontal planes. The direct horizontal tension caused by the direct pull due to water pressure on the end walls, should be added to that resulting from horizontal bending moments.
- Magnitudes of moments and shear forces may be calculated using values of constants given in Tables 2.53 for square tanks; in rectangular tanks distribution of the unequal fixity moments at the wall junctions is needed, additional tables 2.78,and 2.79 may be used,

- When tank is empty and acted upon by earth loading, consider fixed end condition at the edge of tank wall

- Design of the tank wall should be done by determining the width of the tank wall t and the area of reinforcement required to resist bending moments and shear forces as determined in the design of slabs
- At the vertical edges where the walls of a reservoir are rigidly joined, horizontal reinforcement and haunch bars should be provided to resist the horizontal bending moments even if the walls are designed to withstand the whole load as vertical beams or cantilever without lateral supports.

**Procedures for Sizing of Concrete Members Step 1. Establish dimensions**

Establish the height and diameter/radius of the tank based on the volume

Diameter D= PUT FORMULA

Where

V=Capacity of Water Tank

H= Height of Water Tank

Fb= Free board of the water tank

**Step 2.Analysis of forces**
Sliding joint at base, sliding joint at top slab and resting on firm ground
There is only one force acting of the wall of the tank is the Hoop Tension, this should be calculated based from equation T = ɣrz
Where
r is the internal radius of the tank ,
ɣ is unit weight of the liquid,
z is the depth below the top of tank,

Rigid joint at base, sliding joint at top slab and resting on firm ground
There are three forces acting on the wall of the tank; Hoop tension, bending moment and shear force.
Assume tank section wall thickness t;
Calculate the variable H^{Superscript text}2/2rt, referring to table D.2 read corresponding values of Coefficients an ,am ,av, for calculating hoop tension, bending moment and shear force on the tank wall.
Calculate these forces using equations below;
Hoop Tension, T= an * ɣ * H * r
Bending Moment, M= am * ɣ * H^{3}
Shear Force, V= av * ɣ * H^{2}

**Step 3.Calculate area of reinforcement**

**Sliding joint at base, sliding joint at top slab and resting on firm ground**

Assume tank section width 1000mm width and section thickness equal to, t ;A_{st} = T/ර_{st}
Check the section compliance to Fire Resistance as per table 3.4 BS 8110;1;1997, Check concrete cover and grade compliance to durability requirement as per table 3.3 BS 8110; 1; 1997.
Calculate area of steel from the Hoop tension force only as given by equation;

Provide reinforcement horizontally spanning at spacing as provided by section 3.12.11 of BS 8110-1;
Check for section adequacy to resist shear stress; design shear stress ,v is given by equation
v=V/b_{v}d where

V= Shear Force calculated from above calculation,
v= design shear stress,
b_{v}= breadth of section,
d= effective depth

In no case should v exceed 0.87(fcu)^{1/2} or 5N/mm^{2}, where this condition is not satisfied consider change of width of section or provision of reinforcement,

**Rigid joint at base, sliding joint at top slab and resting on firm ground**

Check concrete cover and grade compliance to durability requirement as per table 3.3 BS 8110; 1; 1997.
Assume diameter of main bars ɸ, calculate effective depth d, by subtracting the from the width of section , the concrete cover and half diameter of bars ( );