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RC Beam Design

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Reinforced concrete rectangular beams are structural elements generally cast with a slab to carry the external loads and to reduce the deflection of the slab. These loads primarily induce moments and shear to the beam. The values of the moment and shear are computed using a structural analysis program or by simple hand calculation.
The scope of this calculation module is to design a rectangular concrete beam section for the given moment and shear about its major axis. The module can be designed as a singly or doubly reinforced section along with shear reinforcement. This calculation does not consider the effect of flange and the user shall use ‘RC Flanged Beam design module’ if required.

Design Standards: British, European, American.

Cross Section

Reinforced Concrete Beam Section Details

Beam notations (picture indicates positive moment)

h - Overall depth of section

b - Breadth of section

d - Effective depth of the tension reinforcement

d2 - Effective depth of the compression reinforcement

Asbp - Area of bottom reinforcement

Astp - Area of top reinforcement


  • The section can be designed or checked using the following options:
  • Program
  • The area of reinforcement required for given moment and shear is calculated by the program.
  • Area of reinforcement
  • The adequacy of the area of reinforcement specified by the user for given moment and shear is checked by the calculation.
  • Rebar configuration
  • The adequacy of the rebar configuration specified by the user for given moment and shear is checked by the calculation.
  • Additionally, the program provides an option to calculate crack width due to moment.

Design Considerations

  • Ultimate moment and shear shall be specified for the design of reinforcement.
  • Stress is assumed to be uniform within multiple layers of reinforcement.
  • Multiple layers of reinforcement (up to 3 layers) can be specified for both tension and compression reinforcement. Two different bar diameters can be specified for each layer of reinforcement.
  • Doubly reinforced sections have higher section capacity and can be used to reduce the depth of beams compared to singly reinforced sections. However, the user shall verify the deflection of the beam independently.
  • Negative moment is considered to cause tension in the top and vice versa.
  • For crack width calculation, moment at serviceability state shall be specified.

National Standards Available

British Standard

Europe Standard

  • National Annex of several countries such as Europe (recommended), UK, Finland, Ireland, Malaysia, Norway, Singapore and Sweden are considered.
  • Additionally, an option is provided to define the coefficients directly by the user.

American Standard

  • The calculation allows the user to design the section both in imperial and metric units.


  • BS 8110-1:1997 - Structural use of concrete - Part 1: Code of practice for design and construction.
  • EN1992-1-1:2004 - Design of concrete structures - Part 1-1: General rules and rules for buildings.
  • ACI 318-14 - Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete.
  • ACI-224R-01 - Control of Cracking of Concrete Structures.


  • Ver 1.0 - Original version
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