I have a circular tank base slab which is being supported on piles. I was running into some punching shear problems with the piles under the wall so I needed to thicken up an area around the perimeter. Essentially a continuous drop panel. I was wondering because of the way it is configured whether some would consider it a "ring beam" and thus require the reinforcing to be inside closed stirrups. I am dropping my bottom mat down in the thickened area. The thickening is a pretty considerable 16". I would greatly appreciate any feedback on this and any reference to some reinforcing details. I need to decide quickly how I want to proceed.
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