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I guess my question wasn't clear. Aside from column strip (top) reinf.
and aside from the 2 min. (bot) cont. bars, is there a requirement for reinf.
at the bottom of the drop panel itself? Once again, there are no drift
issues. The drop panel is proportioned per ACI. In other words, is
there a problem with having 5 1/2" of unreinforced clear cover below
the bottom layer of steel?
PS The building in question was peer reviewed and came back from the
building department with no comments. It's no wonder engineers get
treated as a commodity when our own peers and plan checkers
thoughtlessly make comments about the integrity of another engineers
design. I only asked the question because most engineers throw in steel
just because.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, July 05, 2002 5:19 PM
Subject: RE: Drop Panels

If you have negative moment you need steel to resist it.  Also you need at least 2 continuous bottom bars in the column strip through the column core.  Also see ACI 318 Fig. 13.3.8.  Tell me the buildings you guys are designing without reinforcement in the drop panels so I can stay on the top floor.

Scott M Haan P.E.
Plan Review Engineer
Building Safety Division
Development Services Department
Municipality of Anchorage

-----Original Message-----
From: Lutz, James [mailto:JLUTZ(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Friday, July 05, 2002 2:20 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: Drop Panels

If there is no drift, and the moment stays negative over the panel area, then the drop panel is always in compression, and you shouldn't need steel in the drop panel.
 -----Original Message-----
From: Davin Weinhardt [mailto:yellowhumpy(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, July 03, 2002 4:16 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Drop Panels

Just out of curiosity, how many would say that a
4" drop panel below a 9 1/2" two-way slab needs
reinforcement? What if I added that there is no
drift issues? If you still say yes, please state
why (references would be great)!
Thanks in advance,