Choosing the right type of reinforced concrete slab for your project will ensure that your project is constructed safely and with a good structural design. Choosing the right type of concrete is essential. While reinforced concrete slabs require no formwork, they can be tricky to build. A flat slab is the most common type, which is designed for a single level at 6 to 9 m intervals and 4-7 KN/m2. It requires more formwork and column capitals, so it is best to use a pre-cast system. For example, if you are using drop panels, it may be difficult to integrate them into your slab design.
When designing a concrete slab, you need to consider how the elements will interact. There are many types of slabs, each with different needs. The ones with piers don’t have to be filled, and the piers are used to support the dead weight of the slab. This is because the reinforcement and curing concrete will act as supports for each other. When choosing a method, make sure to check the depth of the poured concrete and how the piers will impact the structure.
There are several ways to design a concrete slab. You can choose between a simple spread footing, a complicated mat, or even a specialized machinery pad. Both methods require plate elements to be meshed to minimize the weight of the building. You should be aware that a finer mesh is usually required over supports, voids, and edges. With the SPACE GASS software, you can choose to design your concrete slabs using the same design method or create your own unique style.