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Minimum reinforcement for crack control

The minimum reinforcement area for crack control is determined according to EN 1992-1-1, clause  7.3.2, Equation (7.1).

as,min = kc · k · fct,eff · Actσs 


Table 2.2


coefficient for considering the influence of the stress distribution in the cross-section prior to cracking as well as the change of the internal lever arm


coefficient for considering non-uniform self-equilibrating stresses, which lead to the reduction of restraint forces


mean value of the effective tensile strength of the concrete, to be expected when the cracks occur


area of concrete tension zone (part of the cross-section or partial cross-section, which is calculated to be in tension in the uncracked state under the action combination that leads to the formation of the first crack at the gross cross-section)


absolute value of the maximum allowable stress in the reinforcement immediately after crack formation

The maximum bar diameter d*s is determined according to EN 1992-1-1, clause 7.3.3 (2) depending on the actually provided diameter ds from the rearranged Equation (7.6N).

ds = ds* · fct, eff2.9 · kc · hcr2 · h-d 


Table 2.2


adjusted maximum bar diameter


maximum bar diameter according to EN 1992-1-1, Table 7.2 (see Figure 2.96)


overall depth of cross-section


depth of tensile zone immediately prior to cracking while taking the characteristic values of prestress and axial forces under the quasi-permanent action combination into account


effective depth up to centroid of outside reinforcement

Figure 2.96 Maximum bar diameter of reinforcing bars according to EN 1992-1-1, clause 7.3.3

In our example, determining the minimum reinforcement at the plate's bottom surface is excluded by opening the following dialog box in the Limit of Crack Width tab of window 1.3 Surfaces. In it, the check boxes for the Bottom (+z) reinforcement have to be cleared.

Figure 2.97 Further Settings for Min. Reinforcement Due to Restraint dialog box in window 1.3 Surfaces

The limit diameter d*s,-z,φ1 for the reinforcement direction φ1 at the top side of the plate is determined according to Equation 2.72.

ds,-z,ϕ1* = 12 · 2.92.9 ·2 ·200 - 1700.4 · 100 = 18 mm 

Figure 2.98 Limit diameter for reinforcement direction φ1

Analogously, the limit bar diameter d*s,-z,φ2 is obtained for the reinforcement direction φ2:

ds,-z,ϕ2* = 12 · 2.92.9 ·2 ·200 - 1580.4 · 100 = 25.20 mm 

Figure 2.99 Limit diameter for reinforcement direction φ2

In window 1.3 Surfaces, the allowable crack width wk,max is given as 0.3 mm (see Figure 2.97). With the maximum bar diameters d*s,-z,φ1 = 18.00 mm and d*s,-z,φ2 = 25.20 mm, we can interpolate the allowable stress σs from EN 1992-1-1, Table 7.2N (see Figure 2.96).

σs,-z,ϕ1 = 240 + 280 - 24016 - 25 · 18.00 - 16 = 231.11 N/mm2 

σs,-z,ϕ2 = 200 + 200 - 16025 - 32 · 25.20 - 25 = 198.86 N/mm2 

These allowable steel stresses are also shown in Figure 2.98 and Figure 2.99.

The steel stress in the direction φ2 is governing.

The area of the concrete tension zone in the cross-section is determined as follows:

Act = b · h2 = 100 ·202 = 1 000 cm2 

Thus, according to Equation 2.71, the following minimum reinforcement for the reinforcement direction 2 is obtained:

as,min,ϕ2 = 0.4 · 1.0 · 2.9 · 1 000198.86 = 5.83 cm2/m 

For this reinforcement direction, the applied reinforcement is greater than the minimum reinforcement. The following check criterion is thus obtained:

as,min,-z,2as,exist,-z,2 = 5.8311.31 = 0.516 

Figure 2.100 Check criterion for minimum reinforcement