# Analysis of T beam working stress method

Learn : Analysis of T beam working stress method : Neutral Axis is Within the Flange (n < Df), Neutral Axis Lies in the Web of the Beam (n >Df)

**ANALYSIS OF T BEAM**

Consider the section of a T-beam shown in Fig. 2.14 (a). The analysis of a T-beam comprises of following two cases :

(i) Neutral axis is within the flange.

(ii) Neutral axis is in the web.

**Case 1 : Neutral Axis is Within the Flange (n < D**_{f})

_{f})

** Equivalent or Transformed Section**

The equivalent section of the T-beam in terms of concrete is shown in Fig. 2.13 (b).

The concrete below the neutral axis is assumed to be cracked and the area of steel is replaced by an equivalent concrete area which is equal to m.A_{st}. The compression area is rectangular in shape as n < D_{f}. Thus, this flanged beam can be analyzed exactly as a rectangular beam having a width b_{f} instead of b.

**Neutral Axis**

The neutral axis is determined in the following two ways :

**Critical Neutral Axis :**

The critical neutral axis is determined by the safe permissible stresses.

\[\frac{n_{c}}{d-n_{c}}=\frac{m.\sigma_{cbc}}{\sigma_{st}}\]** **

** Actual Neutral Axis :**

The actual neutral axis is determined by equating the moments of areas of compressive and tensile zones about neutral axis. Considering Fig. 2.13.

Moment of compressive area about neutral axis = \[b _{f}.n.\frac {n}{2}\]

Moment of tensile area about neutrl axis = \[m.A _{st}.(d-n)\]

\[\therefore b _{f}.\frac{n^{2}}{2}=m.A _{st}(d-n)\]

** Lever Arm**

The lever arm is calculated as under :

\[a=d-\frac{n}{3}\]

#### Moment of Resistance

The moment of resistance of the given T-beam section is determined by taking the moment of total compressive force about the centroid of steel reinforcement.

\[M _{r} = Total compressive force × Lever arm = C × a\]

\[M _{r}=\frac{1}{2}\sigma _{cbc}.b _{f}.n(d-\frac{n}{3})\]

** Case II: Neutral Axis Lies in the Web of the Bam (n >D**_{f})

_{f})

** Equivalent Section **

The equivalent section of the T-beam when n>D_{f} is shown in Fig. 2.15(b).

The compression zone of the given section consists of :

\[(i) b_{f}\times D_{f}\]

\[(ii) b_{w}\times (n-D_{f})\]

The tensile steel is replaced by an equivalent concrete area =m.A_{st}.

** Neutral Axis**

The actual neutral axis of the given T-beam section can be determined in following two ways :

**When Compression in the Web is taken into Consideration :**

Considering Fig. 2.14 (b) and taking moments of the area of compressive and tensile zones about the neutral axis.

Moment of compression area of flange = \[b_{f}.D_{f}\left ( n-\frac{D_{f}}{2} \right )\]

Moment of compression area of web = \[b_{w}(n-D_{f})\left ( \frac{n-D_{f}}{2} \right )\]

Moment of tensile area = m.A_{st}(d-n)

\[\therefore b_{f}D_{f}\left ( n-\frac{D_{f}}{2} \right )+b_{w}(n-D_{f})\left ( \frac{n-D_{f}}{2} \right )=m.A_{st}(d-n)\]

The above equation can be solved for getting n.

**When Compression in the Web is not taken into Consideration:**

The contribution of the web area in compression is generally very small as compared to the flange area. So it may be neglected while analysing a T-beam. neglecting \[b_{w}(n-D_{f})\left ( \frac{n-D_{f}}{2} \right )\], we get

\[b_{f}.D_{f}\left ( \frac{n-D_{f}}{2} \right )=m.A_{st}(d-n)\]

**MOMENT OF RESISTANCE (n > D**_{f})

_{f})

** When compression in the Web is Taken into Consideration**

The stress diagram for this case is shown in Fig. 2.14 (c).

Mr = M_{1} + M_{2}

where M_{1} = Moment of resistance due to compressive force in flange

M_{2} = Moment of resistance due to compressive force in web

M_{1} = Total compressive force × Lever arm

\[=C_{1}\times a\]

\[C_{1}=\frac{\left ( \sigma _{cbc}+\sigma ‘_{c} \right )}{2}\times D_{f}\times b_{f}\]

where σ_{c} is the compressive stress in concrete at the junction of flange and web.

\[\sigma’_{c}=\sigma_{cbc}\left ( \frac{n-D_{f}}{n} \right )\] [From similar triangles]

\[a=d-\bar{y}\]

where ȳ is the distance of centre of gravity of the dark shaded portion of stress diagram from the top of the beam

\[\bar{y}=\left( \frac{\sigma_{cbc}+2\sigma’_{c}}{\sigma_{cbc}+\sigma’_{c}} \right )\times \frac{D_{f}}{3}\]

and \[M_{1}=\frac{1}{2}(\sigma_{cbc}+\sigma’_{c})b_{f}.D_{f}(d-\bar{y})\]

\[M_{2} = Total compressive force in web × Lever arm\]

\[= C_{2}\times a’\]

\[C_{2}=b_{w}(n-D_{f})\left ( \frac{\sigma’_{c}}{2} \right )\]

\[a’=\left ( d-D_{f}-\frac{(n-D_{f})}{3} \right )\]

\[\therefore M_{2}=b_{w}(n-D_{f})\left ( \frac{\sigma’_{c}}{2} \right )\left ( d-D_{f}\frac{(n-D_{f})}{3} \right )\]

\[M_{r}=M_{1}+M_{2}\]

\[M_{r}=b_{f}.D_{f}\left ( \frac{\sigma_{cbc}+\sigma’_{c}}{2} \right )(d-\bar y)+b_{w}(n-D_{f})\left ( \frac{\sigma’_{c}}{2} \right )\left ( d-D_{f}-\frac{(n-D_{f})}{3} \right )\]

##### Web Compression is not Taken into Consideration :

In this case M_{2} is neglected as it is very small as compared to M_{1}.

\[\therefore M_{r}=M_{1}\]

\[=b_{f}.D_{f}\left ( \frac{\sigma_{cbc}+\sigma’_{c}}{2} \right )(d-\bar y)\]

where \[\sigma’_{c}=\sigma_{cbc}\frac{(n-D_{f})}{n}\]

\[\bar y=\left ( \frac{\sigma_{cbc}+2\sigma’_{c}}{\sigma_{cbc}+\sigma’c} \right )\times \frac {D_{f}}{3}\]

**Note :** While calculating the moment of resistance of the T-beam sections, first it is to be checked whether the section is under-reinforced or over reinforced by comparing n and n_{c} and the values of stresses are determined appropriately.