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Is Considering Lateral Loads Important When Modeling the Slab in SAFE?

Is Considering Lateral Loads Important When Modeling the Slab in SAFE?

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Hi Everyone,

I wonder if the lateral loads are something to consider when modeling the slab in SAFE? I noticed that many engineers just consider the vertical loads acting on the slab.

Thank you.

RE: Is Considering Lateral Loads Important When Modeling the Slab in SAFE?

If you are not using the slab as part of your lateral load resisting system (which is typical) then generally you ignore the lateral loads.

RE: Is Considering Lateral Loads Important When Modeling the Slab in SAFE?

(OP)
That makes sense! Thank you for your answer.

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