Compressive membrane action in composite floor slabs in the Cardington LBTF

J. Peel-Cross, Barry Rankin, Stephen Gilbert, Adrian Long

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    This paper presents the results of an experimental study (the ultimate load capacity of composite metal decking/concrete floor slabs. Full-scale in situ testing of composite floor slabs was carried out in the Building Research Establishment's Large Building Test Facility (LBTF) at Cardington. A parallel laboratory test programme, which compared the behaviour of composite floor slabs strips, also carried out at Queen's University Belfast (QUB). Articular attention was paid to the contribution of compressive membrane action to the load carrying capacity. The results of both test programmes were compared with predictions by yield line theory and a theoretical prediction method in which the amount of horizontal restraint mid be assessed. The full-scale tests clearly demon-wed the significant contribution of compressive membrane effects to the load capacity of interior floor panels with a lesser contribution to edge/corner panels.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)217-226
    Number of pages10
    JournalProceedings of the ICE - Structures and Buildings
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 01 May 2001


    • concrete structures
    • buildings
    • structure & design
    • composite structures

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Civil and Structural Engineering
    • Building and Construction

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