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Re: Footing Tranverse Bars...Hooked???

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Your peer reviewer is from another age or he has forgotten his theory. Usually you have to develop anchorage in areas of high shear or high tension, e.g a beam with stirrups usually has the stirrups hooked over top compression bars as you can't develop enough anchorage in the depth of the beam. An example I have in one of my texts shows a slab cantilevering from a wall. There is insufficient wall thickness for anchorage and hence the top tension bars are hooked down into the wall. Your footing has neither tension or shear out at the edge of the footing and hence a hook will do didly squat. Hope this helps.

On 2013/09/27 7:18 PM, Ricardo Gonzalez wrote:
Hello Fellow Engineers,

I came across a peer reviewer's recommendation pertaining to my footing
detail reinforcing steel.  It shows reinforcing steel in the transverse
direction that are straight.  The peer reviewer recommended that they be
hooked at each end (hooked upwards) and provide longitudinal bars inside
each hook.  I hate to sound like a grizzled contractor, but I have been
doing this for ("X" amount) of years, and have never been told to do this. I discussed this with the peer reviewer and the explanation given did not make sense. Basically, the bars need hooks to provide proper for shrinkage resistance. I thought the rebar deformed shape does that. FYI, temperature/shrinkage reinforcement requirements govern over flexural strength requirements. Anyways, I just want to get your take on this. Is there an ACI/IBC requirement I overlooked?


Ricardo G. Gonzalez, P.E.
C S W | S T 2

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