This course, Concrete Slabs-on-Grade: Warehouses II – Slab Design, is the third in a series of courses on concrete slabs-on-grade.
The first course, Concrete Slabs-on-Grade: From the Ground Up presented knowledge necessary for designing and specifying concrete slabs-on-grade.
The second course, Concrete Slabs-on-Grade: Warehouses I – Background & Loading presents background information on warehouse facilities and the sites they are built on. Also, unique challenges are identified, as well as types of loading.
The present course, Concrete Slabs-on-Grade: Warehouses II – Slab Design, teaches the reader how to provide warehouse owners and operators with slabs that are designed to handle the abuse that small hard wheels impose on slab joints. The course will also review how to design slabs for the loads that legs and base plates of heavy storage racks can apply on small areas of the slab, especially near discontinuities. Furthermore, information on joint construction, joint filler, and surface finishes are presented. The service life of a slab will depend on the durability of the concrete surface and joints. For facilities with a poorly executed slab design, it is extremely costly to repair and maintain the slab joints. This includes the loss of efficiency while slabs are in a state of disrepair and during operational downtime when remedial action is taking place. This course identifies the specific concerns of warehouse slabs, and suggests approaches to the design and construction of these slabs to achieve optimal long term performance and minimization of maintenance costs.
This course focuses on qualitative approaches to slab design and construction, as well as quantitative design measures useful in calculations. Design concepts are tailored to engineers with a background in statics and mechanics of materials, with some familiarity in concrete construction and design.