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Re: Water Retaining Concrete

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Good point.  However, eqn 10-4 is an excellent source to estimate the expected
flexural cracking of a section (even a wall).  I do not interpret 10-4 as an
explicit code requirement for minimum steel.  Rather, I view the equation (and
corresponding commentary equation) as the Code prescribed and endorsed method of
checking expected flexural crack widths, regardless of whether a design meets
the minimum steel requirements specified elsewhere in the Code.

Dan Huntington
KJWW Engineering

Roger Davis wrote:

> In Respnse To:
> From: Dan Huntington <huntingtondj(--nospam--at)>
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject: Re: Water Retaining Concrete
> Chance,
> Unforturnately, I don't have a good source for you.  However, my quick calc
> of
> eqn (10-4) of ACI 318 for the situation you described above seems to
> indicate
> the design has a 'z' value roughly twice that allowed by code.  Thus twice
> the
> corresponding limiting crack width of 0.013 = 0.026 should be expected.
> Seems
> like that is what may be occuring.  If it is not to late, you may need to
> roughly double the reinforcing for the remainder of the job.  Hope all turns
> out well.
> Dan Huntington
> KJWW Engineering
> Chance, Acie P. wrote:
> > I am designing retaining walls which will form the edges of a lagoon. The
> * first two walls we poured have cracks which go completely through the
> wall.
> Equation 10-4 applies to T-sections, equation 10-3 applies to general
> flexural sections.  The requirements of 10-3 are only half of the
> requirements of 10-4.  If you consider a wall to be a vertical slab, then
> para. 10.5.1 refers you to para. 7.12.  However, para. 14.3.3 applies
> specifically to walls and it requires slightly more reinforcement than does
> para. 7.12
> Roger Davis
> SDS Architects, Inc.