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Interpretation of ACI 318 Section (C)

Interpretation of ACI 318 Section (C)

Interpretation of ACI 318 Section (C)

I have a situation where the contractor did not install the embed plates in the foundation wall for the connection of the precast concrete wall panels and I am trying to work out a post-installed solution.

The wall panels carry a light lateral load and are not load bearing (there is a structural steel frame.) A free-body diagram of the panel shows no uplift at the base of the panel.

ACI 318 Section (B) indicates that precast wall panels must have a minimum of (2) tension ties per panel with a nominal strength of 10K per tie.

Sub section (C) goes on to say that if there is no tension at the base, the ties are permitted to be connected to an "appropriately reinforced concrete floor slab on ground."

So, my question is, does the connection, as described in (C) still need to be able to transmit 10K of force, even though it is attached to an element (the foundation) that cannot resist 10K?

Thanks in advance.

RE: Interpretation of ACI 318 Section (C)

By my reading it technically does appear that the ties need 10k of strength. If you read the PCA notes on ACI 318-11, it says that the requirement for 10kip ties is a historic requirement from the PCI Design Handbook (same for 16.5.2). It's all very empirical and I suspect you can justify a deviation from this for you case.

Professional Engineer (ME, NH, MA) Structural Engineer (IL)
American Concrete Industries

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