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The University of Illinois has a nice primer page on strut & tie, but it looks like it hasn’t been updated in a while.

You can also download the free CAST program that implements the strut & tie method but I’m not sure yet if it can model embed plates loaded primarily in shear.


Christopher Banbury, PE



Ark Engineering, Inc.

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From: Jim Persing [mailto:omega.two.0(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Monday, September 17, 2007 7:46 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: embed plate design




Do you have any samples of this concept that you would be willing to share with us?




On 9/13/07, Mark Gilligan <m_k_gilligan(--nospam--at)> wrote:

There is really a simple solution if you just look at
the problem differently.

The provisions in Appendix D are primarily written for
mass concrete with little or no reinforcing.  If you
have enough reinforcing in your member to resist the
forces if they can be developed, you should have
little to no problem.

The secret is to make use of the strut and tie
provisions.  The anchors are considered as ties that
have a head on the end embedded in the concrete.  You
then define a compression strut that can be used to
engage stirrups or other bars in the reinforced

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