Why use practical reinforcement
The purpose of defining practical reinforcement in to limited the cracked deformation and cracking widths, not to deliver a full reinforcement plan.
How to define practical reinforcement
There are 2 methods to define practical reinforcement:
- Either using the basic tool (works for bars and surfaces).
- Make sure you’re looking at the reinforcements results
- Select the relevant element(s) and click with right mouse button.
- Depending on the type of element you’ve selected, you’ll see one of the two screens below.
- Click ‘OK’.
- Either using the advanced tool (only available for surfaces, not for bars).
Pro’s and con’s of both methods
|Basic tool||Advanced tool|
|Works on beams/ columns and plates/ walls||Only works on plates/ walls|
BUT for plates/walls:
BUT for plates/walls:
|Not possible to export a practical reinforcement sketch.||Export practical reinforcement sketch as pdf/dxf.|
|The practical reinforcement is assigned to the beam/ plate itself. When adjustments are made to the geometry ( = adjusting the position of the structure or adjusting the height of the walls), the practical reinforcement will remain assigned to the corresponding elements.||This tools allows to define reinforcement zones that extend over multiple plates. For that reason, the define practical reinforcement is not assigned to a certain plate, but to a point in the 3D environment. More information here.|
|When adjustments are made to the loads, the theoretical reinforcement needs to be translated again to practical reinforcement starting from scratch.||When adjustments are made to the loads, places where additional (local) reinforcement is required are colored. The places where the current practical reinfrocement is sufficient, remain white. This makes a flexible design possible.|
|This tool only shows the theoretical reinforcement. It does not include minimum reinforcement.
Neither does in include the anchorage length.
Zones that are drawn white, either don’t need theoretical reinforcement or already have sufficient practical reinforcement defined to meet the requirements for the theoretical reinfrocement amounts.