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**What is the Slab?**

In reinforced concrete construction, the slab is an extensively used structural element forming floors and roofs. A **concrete** slab is the plane element having a depth **d** much smaller than its **span** and **width**.

It may be supported by reinforced concrete beam, by **masonry** wall or directly by **column**. The difference between one way and two way slab are as follows.

**Types of Slabs**

Slabs are classified according to the system of supports as:

- One-way slabs,
- Two-way slabs,
- Flat slabs supported directly on the column without beams,
- Circular and non-rectangular slabs,
- Grid or Waffle slabs.

**What is a One-way Slab?**

Slab supported only on two opposite sides by rigid supports carry the load by flexure in the direction perpendicular to the supports.

The plane surface of a predominantly uniformly loaded slab deforms into a cylindrical surface in which curvature and hence **bending moment** develops only in one direction **such slabs are called a one-way slab.**

One way slab essentially acts as shallow** beams** with a large width. The slabs supported on all four sides also behave as one-way slabs if the longer span ratio to shorter span is greater than two.

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The rectangular slabs supported on two adjacent, three or four edges, and with the ratio of longer to shorter span less than two, which carry the load by flexure in two perpendicular directions **are called two-way slabs.**

The slabs which are supported directly on the column without beams or girders are called **flat slabs**.

In this type of slabs, large moments and shear forces are produced in the columns’ vicinity. Therefore, the slabs are thickened in the area enclosing the column.

The **columns **are flared at the top to reduce stress due to shear force and negative bending moment. These arrangments are referred to as **drop panels** and** column heads**, respectively.

When the spans of the slab are not large and loads are no excessive, both the panel drop and column head may be omitted.

Such a slab is called the **flat plate**. A **flat slab** with a recess formed(by removable and filler blocks) on soffit so that it comprises a series of ribs in two directions called **waffle slabs**.

The slabs supported on a series of intersecting long grid beams is called **slab grid**.

**How do we calculate a one way or two-way slab?**

**How do we calculate a one way or two-way slab?**

If L/b ratio is greater than or equal 2 or then it is considered a one-way slab.

(**Longer span / Shorter span**) **L / b ≥ 2**

If L/b ratio is less than 2 then it is considered a two-way slab.

(**Longer span / Shorter span**) **L / b < 2**

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**Difference Between One way Slab and Two way Slab**

S.No | One-way Slab | Two-way Slab |

1 | If L/b the ratio is greater than or equal 2 or then it is considered a one-way slab. | If L/b the ratio is less than 2 then it is considered a two-way slab. |

2 | In one-way slab, the main reinforcement is provided in a short span and distribution reinforcement is provided in a long span. | In two-way slab, the main reinforcement is provided in both directions. |

3 | In one-way slab, the crank is provided in two directions. | In two-way slab, the crank is provided in four directions. |

4 | The one-way slab is supported by a beam on two opposite side only. | The two-way slab is supported by the beam on all four sides. |

5 | In one-way slab, the load is carried in one direction perpendicular to the supporting beam. | In two-way slab, the load is carried in both directions. |

6 | The deflected shape of the one-way slab is cylindrical. | Whereas the deflected shape of the two-way slab is a dish or saucer-like shape. |

7 | Chajja and Varandha are practical examples of one-way slab | Whereas two-way slabs are used in constructive floors of the Multistorey building. |

8 | While designing one-way slab we provide less steel hence the depth of the slab increases, as a result, the thickness of the one-way slab is more as compared to the two-way slab. | While designing two-way slab we provide more steel hence the depth of slab decreases, as a result, the thickness of two-way slab is less as compared to the one-way slab. |

9 | The one-way slab is economical up to a span of 3.6 meters. | Whereas the two-way slab is economical for the panel sizes up to 6m × 6m. |

10 | In one-way slab quantity of steel is less. | In two-way slab quantity of steel is more as compared to the one-way slab. |

11 | In one-way slab, bending is only in one direction i.e. in a shorter span. | In a two-way slab, bending is in both directions. |

In practices, the choice of the one-way slab and two-way slab for a particular structure will largely depend upon the

- Economy
- Buildability
- Loading condition and
- length of the span

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*How to Calculate Cutting Length of Stirrups For Beam and Column?***One way Slab** **Reinforcement details**

L/B = 10/4 = 2.5 ≥ 2

From the above drawing it is clear that L/B is greater then 2, hence it is a one-way slab. So the main bar or cranked bars are provided in shorter span and Distribution bars are provided in the longer span.

**Two way Slab** **Reinforcement details**

L/B = 6/6 = 1 < 2

From the below drawing, it is clear that L/B ratio is less than 2, hence it is a two-way slab, that’s why main bars or cranked bars are provided at longer span as well as shorter span also.

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I am little confused.

Slab mean ? total of house slab or segment in between column.

Can roof of the floor is called a single slab

Or

A roof consist of multiple Slab ?

I am not an engineer , drawing for my house on 30×45 feets area. and confused due to one-way and two way slab destinations.

IF full roof is a slab and I have columns and beams in left and right and center then what kind of slab it will be for above mentioned area.

yes, slab means the total of the house slab but, we design it as the segment between the beams and columns according to the size of rooms ( one way or two way). Your house whole slab may be a combination of one way and two-way slab depend upon rooms size. The topmost slab is called the roof slab and the topmost slab of the building that is accessible to residents is called terrace slab.

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