Simplified Design of Reinforced Concrete Buildings
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Simplified Design of Reinforced Concrete Buildings

Simplified Design of Reinforced Concrete Buildings Fourth Edition by Mahmoud E. Kamara and Lawrence C. Novak | PDF Free Download.

Preface to Simplified Design of Reinforced Concrete Buildings

The Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete (ACI 318) is an authoritative document often adopted and referenced as a design and construction standard in building codes around the country as well as in the specifications of several federal agencies, its provisions thus becoming law.

Whether ACI 318 is enforced as part of building regulations or is otherwise utilized as a voluntary consensus standard,

design professionals use this standard almost exclusively as the basis for the proper design and construction of reinforced concrete buildings.

The ACI 318 standard applies to all types of building uses; structures of all heights ranging from the very tall high-rise down to single-story buildings;

facilities with large areas as well as those of nominal size; buildings having complex shapes and those primarily designed as uncomplicated boxes;

and buildings requiring structurally intricate or innovative framing systems in contrast to those of more conventional or traditional systems of construction.

The general provisions developed to encompass all these extremes of building design and construction tend to make the application of ACI 318 complex and time consuming.

However, this need not necessarily be the case, as is demonstrated in the publication.

This book has been written as a timesaving aid for use by experienced professionals who consistently seek ways to simplify design procedures.

This fourth edition of the book is based on ACI 318-11. The seismic and wind load provisions were updated to comply with the International Building Code (2009 IBC) and ASCE7-05.

Throughout the first eleven chapters, equations, design aids, graphs, and code requirements have been updated to the current Codes.

New timesaving design aids were added to expand the use of the book beyond the originally intended 4 ksi concrete making the approach applicable to a wider range of concrete strengths.

Also, expanded illustrations of the theory and fundamentals were added.

A new chapter on sustainable design (Chapter 12) has been included to introduce the key ideas addressed by today’s green design approaches and ways in which concrete can be used to build sustainably.

In some of the example problems, the results obtained from the simplified design methods are compared to those obtained from computer programs.

These comparisons readily show that the simplified methods yield satisfactory results within the stated limitations.

Design professionals reading and working with the material presented in this book are encouraged to send in their comments to PCA, together with any suggestions for further design simplifications.

PCA would also be grateful to any reader who would bring any errors or inconsistencies to our attention. Any suggestion for improvement is always genuinely welcome.

Any errata to this book or other PCA publications may be found by checking 

Mahmoud Kamara, PhD is PCA’s senior structural engineer for engineered buildings. He is the author and coauthor of numerous PCA publications and technical guides.

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