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RE: slab on grade

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Before you go any further, run, don't walk to a good geotechnical
engineer to determine what your soil conditions are.  If you have an
expansive soil, the slab design will need to be quite different than if
it's not.  I imagine your fee is probably pretty low (compared to the
risk of problems) and these types of projects can go south in a hurry.

Bill Cain, SE
Oakland, CA

	-----Original Message-----
	From:	jdcoombs(--nospam--at) [SMTP:jdcoombs(--nospam--at)]
	Sent:	Monday, January 04, 1999 10:35 AM
	To:	'seaint(--nospam--at)'
	Subject:	slab on grade

	Happy New Year, y'all
	I need to put in a good slab for outdoor basketball courts.  The
	would like for them to be free of joints.  It will be an
unloaded slab, no 
	traffic.  The slabs will be 100' x 65'.  I can spec a proper
subgrade spec. 
	 How do I design for the slab thickness and reinforcing required
to keep 
	cracking controlled.  I have reviewed  ACI 302 and 360, and the
PCA guide. 
	 None really address the unloaded slab except fot the "subgrade
	equation", which is not really a qualitative approach.  I'm
willing to add 
	fibers to get a good crack control, but how does one balance
between that 
	and steel?  How thick a slab?  How much steel?  How much fibers?
	comments are appreciated.
	Jerry D. Coombs, PE