January 1, 2021

Consideration of Openings for Punching Shear of Two-Way Slabs in ADAPT-Builder

Punching shear of two-way reinforced concrete and post-tensioned slabs is a critical design consideration. The presence of openings near a support can complicate the calculation of shear capacity at the location. ADAPT-Builder v20 now includes enhancements in how openings are treated near columns and walls that are checked for punching shear in the software.


In previous versions of ADAPT-Builder, an opening in the vicinity of a column was treated the same as slab edge regardless of its size. For example, when a small opening is close to a column, the whole side of a column is disregarded from the punching shear check, which is conservative in many cases.

For ADAPT-Builder 2020 the check for punching shear has been improved in the detection and handling of openings as per ACI code requirements. This new method for handling of openings is enabled when an ACI code version is selected. Two new input parameters are shown in the Punching Shear input dialogue. These include:

  • Radius of detection – This setting is used to determine at what distance from the face of support will openings be detected and deducted from the critical sections that fall within the opening. The input is based on a multiple of slab thickness. Any opening that is within or intersected by this imaginary boundary will be considered in the reduction of the critical perimeter.
  • Max. reduction per face of support – If the opening projection lines that intersect the column face are more than 90% (or other user-defined input) of the column face dimension that side will be considered as free edge. As an example, in the image below the lengths of the opening projection are shown in 4 different colors: Purple (-R side), Blue (+S side), Yellow (+R side), and Red (-S side). The opening projection rays are taken from the center of the column to the extreme outer corners of the opening. The lengths of intersection between the rays and column sides are compared. If the total sum of projection ray lengths exceeds 90% of the column side dimension, the side is ignored in the punching shear check.

In the case where openings overlap with the projection ray region, the total region is combined as is shown in the image below. In this case, that portion of critical sections at layers moving away from the column face are deducted from the total critical section length.


To learn more about the improvements to the punching shear calculation in ADAPT-Builder, view the video below:

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