Design of One Way Slabs
When the ratio of the longer to the shorter side (L/S) of the slab is at least equal to 2.0, it is called one-way slab. Under the action of loads, it is deflected in the short direction only, in a cylindrical form. Therefore, main reinforcement is placed in the shorter direction, while the longer direction is provided with shrinkage reinforcement to limit cracking. When the slab is supported on two sides only, the load will be transferred to these sides regardless of its longer span to shorter span ratio, and it will be classified as one-way slab.


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