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Re: precomposite deflection limits

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Bethlehem published a book of composite beam tables some years ago, and
in their examples they used a 1" limit on deflection of the bare steel
beam. Above this, camber for dead load deflection. I've used this
criteria and it seems to work fine. However, the deflection of the beam
and the deflection of the steel deck does produce more dead load (due to
more concrete being required to produce a level floor slab) than the
numbers you see in deck manufacturers' tables.

Rick Burch
Johnson & King Engineers
Columbia, SC

Kirk Haverland wrote:
> Does anyone know of any clearly documented, recommended or required
> (unlikely) guidelines to limiting the precomposite deflection of steel
> beams in composite floor systems? I've always tried to limit the total
> deflection to a reasonable number (1" or so, depending on the span) and
> the initial deflection was never a serious issue.
> Kirk Haverland
> Larson Engineering of Wisconsin