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                        You’re absolutely right. If you decrease the distance of the shear towards the free edge from 120”, the result will be the same – or only slightly different – until the free edge distance is comparable to the side distance in a 16” column.

                        The rules are entirely different, now, though. Have a look at ACI 318 Appendix D or the PCI Design Handbook, 6th Edition. Side distances are even more important, and shear towards a free edge is changed, too. Also see the article starting on page 54 of March 2004 Concrete International.

If the concrete does not provide sufficient anchorage, these days, you may assign all the load to shear-friction reinforcing that crosses the anchorage failure plane and is fully developed on each side of that plane. I do not know of a place where this is stated in print, but it is what designers are doing.

            Jim Getaz

            Precast Concrete Engineer