## Solid Mechanics: Introduction

Mechanics is the science of forces and motions. The origins of mechanics could be traced back to 4th century BC when Aristotle founds the system of Aristotelian physics, but it was not until 1687 when …

## Basics of Structural Engineering: Force,Work and Energy

I would like to discuss about Force, Work and Energy form the point of view of a structural engineer. These are the fundamental quantities and proper understanding of these terms is necessary for a structural …

## RCC Beam Design-Basics and Design Philosophy

In this and the following few posts I will be discussing about the design of RCC beam. Definition of a Beam A beam is a structural element that is capable of withstanding load primarily by …

## Concrete Mix Design Calculations (IS 10262)

Concrete mix design is the process of selecting suitable ingredients of concrete and determining their relative amounts with the objective of producing a concrete of the required workability, strength and durability as economically as possible. …

## Beam:Definition and Classification of beams

In structural engineering we give names to different structural members based on their behavior under applied load. If the primary mode of transfer of load is by bending then the structural member is termed …

## Under-reinforced v/s Over-reinforced

Structural members are designed for loads that are expected to occur during the intended life of the structure. But sometimes the structure gets loaded beyond these loads and the structural members could fail. In such …

## What is the need of side face reinforcement in beam?

Side Face Reinforcement Concrete cracks when tensile strain exceeds .0001. We provide reinforcement wherever cracks are expected to occur. The intent of providing side face reinforcement is to control the crack width in tensile zone …

## How are column ties different from beam stirrups?

Even though both appear to be same physically the difference lies in their intended function. Ties The term tie is used to define the transverse reinforcement provided in column where the primary mode of load …

## What is the difference between a beam and a column?

Beam and Column In structural engineering we give names to different structural members based on their behavior under applied load. For example: Say you have a rod of length 3 m made out of steel …

## How do we know whether a two way slab is continuous or discontinuous along its edges?

A continuous edge means that the slab can transfer the load to the adjacent slab through that edge. Consider the above L shape building with three slabs cast monolithically (this is important because, even if you have …