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I'm probable off base but you may want to look into Ferrocement and the
experience various workers there have amassed.  There has been a good amount
of Italian and Mexican (and even some North American!) work I believe and
the ACI (committee 549 - I think) even has a publication on it.  In your
case the value maybe in thinning up the section (i.e.. less mass) with the
same amount of cement and giving it some shape (scary thing shape).


----- Original Message -----
From: Walter Sheen Paoli <wsp(--nospam--at)>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Sent: Friday, 03 September, 1999 11:27 AM
Subject: Minimum Temperature Reinforcement

> Dear Fellows:
> We have been working developing a small house for poor people. This one is
> made out of four inch reinforced concrete walls. We have been able to
> that a 1400 psi concrete is enough for the expected lateral forces and
> for dead and live load. We have used the minimum specified steel
> reinforcement for temperature and tested a natural scale module in a
> laboratory. We have found that it resists 8 times the expected lateral
> force. Now since we made the cement contents as low as we could, now we
> want (if possible) to put less steel reinforcement. Now I'd like to ask:
> 1.- Temperatures between summer and winter have a 25 Celsius degrees,
> is not a lot. How is this minimum steel reinforcement determined ?
> 2.- In your opinion, for cracking control, would it be bad to use less
> 3.- We are planning to use welded wire reinforcement. If we specify small
> distance between wires, would it be possible to use less amount of steel ?
> Thanks for your help.
> Walter E. Sheen
> Civil Engineer
> Paseo de la Republica 6403. Lima 04
> (511) 446-6237 (511) 446-9407
> Lima, Peru
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