Plinth beam of a building, purpose & advantage

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Published on Jan 20, 2019
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What is a Plinth Beam and its Purpose in a Building?
Plinth beam is a reinforced concrete beam constructed between the wall and its foundation. Plinth beam is provided to prevent the extension or propagation of cracks from the foundation into the wall above when the foundation suffers from the settlement. Plinth be a distdistributees load of the wall over the foundation evenly.
Applications of Plinth Beam
It is mandatory to provide plinth beam in areas that prone to earthquake.
Construction of the plinth beam above the natural ground is another application of this type of beam
Concrete Strength Suitable for Plinth Beam Construction
Strength of plinth beam concrete shall not be smaller than 20MPa. If concrete is mixed manually, then an extra of 20% cement need to be added to the mixture. Figure 3 show plinth beam concrete preparation placement.
Minimum Dimension of a Plinth Beam
A minimum depth of plinth beam is 20cm whereas its width should match the width of final course of the foundation.
Formwork for Plinth Beam
Formwork used for plinth beam construction should be properly installed and adequately secured prior to concrete placement as shown in Figure-4. The concrete needs to be compacted sufficiently to prevent steel bars from aggressive elements.
Steel Bars Used for Plinth Beam
It is recommended to provide two bars with minia mum diameter of 12mm at the bottom of the beam. Similarly, two bars with mini mum diameter of 10mm shall be provided at the top of the plinth beam.
Reinforcement bars should be protected by 25mm concrete cover. As far as stirrups are concerned, stirrup diameter should be at least 6mm and a spacing of 15cm should be sufficient.
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