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Design of Low-Rise Reinforced Concrete Buildings

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The purpose of Design of Low-Rise Reinforced Concrete Buildings—based on the 2009 IBC/ASCE/SEI 7-05/ACI 318-08 is to help engineers analyze, design and detail low-rise cast-in-place conventionally reinforced concrete buildings in accordance with the 2009 edition of the International Building Code ® (IBC ® ). Because the 2009 IBC references the 2008 edition of Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete (ACI 318-08) and the 2005 edition of ASCE/SEI 7, Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures,the narrative and examples are based on these current standards wherever applicable. Section numbers and equation numbers from the 2009 IBC, ACI 318-08 and ASCE/SEI 7-05 that pertain to the specific requirements are provided throughout the text. Although the book is geared primarily for practicing structural engineers, engineers studying for licensing exams, structural plan check engineers and civil engineering students will find the book a valuable resource because of its straightforward approach. 

Chapter 2 summarizes floor systems commonly used in concrete buildings with guidance on the advantages of various systems and practical framing layouts and formwork. Information on the selection of economical floor systems for various span and gravity load conditions is provided along with methods to determine preliminary member sizes. 

Chapter 3 summarizes the typical lateral-force-resisting systems used in low-rise reinforced concrete buildings and describes how these buildings respond to wind and earthquake forces. 

The procedure used to determine Seismic Design Category is included as well as the limitations imposed on the various lateralforce-resisting systems in relation to the Seismic Design Category of the building. Approximate methods to determine stiffness of lateral-force-resisting elements and distribution of lateral forces to the vertical resisting elements are provided. 

Chapters 4, 5 and 6 cover the comprehensive design and detailing requirements for various structural elements based on Seismic Design Category and summarize the requirements in many tables, figures and flowcharts.

 Design of Low-Rise Reinforced Concrete Buildings According to the 2009 IBCis an excellent resource for practicing civil and structural engineers as well as plan check engineers, engineers preparing for licensing exams and civil engineering students.