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Hi All,
ACI has set a limit for steel reinforcement in a concrete column - 1% to 8%.  But on the commentary, it limits the maximum reinforcement to 4% if the rebars are to be lap spliced.  One consultant ignores this commentary saying that it is not a part of the code.  Can anyone please give me his opinion on this?  I know that the British code is clear on this matter.
Also, a section of a concrete column has rebars more than 12% just above the floor slab due to 28-32mm rebars coming from the lower level and 34-32mm rebars going up (lap splice location) and additional 6-32mm rebars.  Aside from the code requirements and possible honeycombing, are there any other negative effects of these excessive reinforcement?
Regards to all.

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