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Re: Foundation Tie Beam Splices

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John -

Take a look at ACI 318, Sect. 12.15.5

John Goodman, P.E.
RKW Engineering, P.C.

-----Original Message-----
From: Connor, John A NWK <John.A.Connor(--nospam--at)>
To: 'seaint(--nospam--at)' <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Date: Wednesday, September 15, 1999 3:18 PM
Subject: Foundation Tie Beam Splices

>I am designing a tension tie beam for a foundation to resist the horizontal
>thrust from the moment frames.  I have a Structural Engineering Handbook;
>(by Gaylord) which says that lap splices for the tie beam reinforcement are
>not permitted by Code.  The handbook says to use mechanical splices,
>Cadweld, or butt-welded splices and to stagger the splices by 30 inches.
>Does anyone know where this requirement is called out?  Which Code?  I've
>been digging through the UBC and ACI but I haven't had much luck.  Anyone
>familiar with this requirement?
>John Connor
>Kansas City, MO