**Structural Load Calculation | Load Calculation on Beam, Colum, Slab, Wall and Staircase | Size Calculation for Footing or Foundation:**

In a frame-type** structure**, we must know about the various **loads** that may be coming on the columns, beams, or slabs. **calculate load on beam column wall slab and staircase, structural calculation**The

**frame structure**transfers the load from the

**slab**to

**beam**, from beam to

**column**, and finally to the

**foundation**of the

**building**.

**structural load calculation**

**Definition of Load in Construction:**

The stress on a beam, joint, slab, column, etc. The load is the most important consideration when designing structural elements.

*It can be a live load or a dead load.*

When loads are applied to structures, they undergo deformations and displacements, which can cause stresses.

**What is Beam?**

The Beam is a horizontal structural member in building construction that carries shear force,

bending moment, and transfers loads to columns on both ends of it.

The bottom of the beam experiences tension and the top experiences **compression**. Therefore, more steel is used at the bottom than at the top. **structural load calculation**

**What is Column?**

A column is a vertical structural member that supports loads from above. For example, a column might support the weight of a ceiling, floor or roof slab or support the weight of a beam.

It is a Compression member, We use columns to hold up buildings and other structures. They can be made of steel, reinforced concrete, wood, or composite materials. The column’s cross-section can take any shape that’s necessary for the load it must sustain.

**What is Slab?**

A slab is a flat horizontal surface, such as the floor of a building, that is supported by beams and columns. A slab is usually several inches thick and can be created by pouring concrete over other materials.

Concrete slabs can be poured on-site or off-site or maybe poured in-situ using formwork, but they are typically poured on-site. If reinforcement is required, the concrete can be pre-stressed or rebar can be placed within the formwork before the concrete is poured.

**Load Calculation Procedure on Slab:**

When you are calculating load on slab, you have to first check whether it is a one way slab or two way slab **structural load calculation**

**How to check weather’s its one way or two way :**

If the ratio of longer span to shorter span is greater than 2 then the slab is considered as one way and if its less than 2 then this slab will be two way slab.

or in simple terms, **structural load calculation**

L (length) / B (breath) > 2 , then its a **One Way Slab** and

L / B < 2 then its a **Two Way Slab**. **calculate load on beam**

The picture attached below shows the load distribution pattern in one way slab and two way slab. **structural load calculation**

For **one way slab** : The formula for load distribution is (Lx/2) x W, where Lx is the shorter span and W is the load (**self weight** of beam + weight of the wall above the beam + **live load** on slab). **calculate load on beam**

Whereas for** two way slab**, the load distribution pattern follows 2 trapezoid and 2 triangles, so the formula splits into

Triangle region : [(Lx * W)/3] **calculate load on beam**

Trapezoidal region : [ ((Lx * *W)/6) *(3 – (Lx/Ly))^2]

**Load Transfer Mechanism:**

The **dead load **and **live load** on the structure acts on the slab are efficiently transferred from slab to beams, which in turn transmit the loads to columns. The columns then transmit the loads to the supports and finally to the underlying earth through the foundation.

**Types of Load Acts on Building:**

There are mainly two categories of load acts on building structure:

**Gravity Loads**– Which act in a downward direction, for example Dead Load and Live Load**calculate load on beam****Lateral Loads**– Which acts in horizontal direction, for example Wind Loads and Earthquake Loads.**calculate load on column**

**Types of Load on Column Beam Slab and Wall:**

**1) Column Self Weight X Number of floors**

**2) Beams Self Weight per running meter**

**3) A load of walls per running meter**

**4) The total load on Slab (Dead load + Live load + Self-weight)**

**Structural Load Calculations for Building:**

**Specification of Structural Elements:**

As per the given house plan: **calculate load on column**

Thickness of Slab = 130 mm (5″)

Size of All Beams = 230mm x 300mm (9″ x 12″)

Size of All Columns = 230mm x 300mm (9″ x 12″)

Size of flooring = We will calculate the size of footing based on load coming on building

**Load Calculation on Slab:**

**1. Dead Load:**

Self Weight of Slab = **Slab Thickness** x Unit weight of RCC

Self weight of Slab = 0.13 m x 25 KN/m^{3} = 3.25 KN/m^{2}

**calculate load on column**

Floor Finish Load on Slab = usually we take (1 – 1.5 KN/m^{2})

Partition **Wall** Load on Slab = usually we take 1 KN/m^{2}

Waterproofing Material Load = usually we take 1 KN/m^{2}

**calculate load on column**

Total Dead Load o Slab = 3.25 + 1.5 + 1 + 1 = **6.75 KN/m ^{2}**

**2. Live Load:**

Live Load on Slab for residential building = 2 – 3 KN/m^{2}

**Total Load on Slab:**

Dead Load on Slab = 6.75 KN/m^{2 }

Live Load on Slab = 3.0 KN/m^{2}

Total Load on Slab = 6.75 + 3.0 = 9.75 KN/m^{2}

Total Load on Slabs (All building Slabs) = 9.75 x 2 = 19.5 KN/m^{2} (where take 2 for G+1 Story) **calculate load on column**

Consider Factor of Safety = 1.5

Total Factored Load on Slab = 1.5 x 19.5 = **29.25 KN/m ^{2}**

**Load Calculation on Staircase:**

Thickness of waist Slab = 150 mm

Riser = 150 mm **calculate load on staircase**

Tread = 250 mm

**For Going:**

Self weight of waist Slab = waist **slab thickness** x unit weight of RCC x [{sqrt(R2) + sqrt(T2)}/T] **calculate load on slab**

Self weight of waist Slab = 0.15m x 25 KN/m^{3} x [{sqrt(0.152) + sqrt(0.252)}/0.25]

Self weight of waist Slab = 4.37 KN/m^{2}

Self weight of Steps = R/2 x 25 = 0.15/2 x 25 = 1.875 KN/m^{2}

Floor Finish Load on **Staircase** = 1.0 KN/m^{2}

Live Load on Staircase = 3.0 KN/m^{2}

Total Load on Going = 4.37 + 1.875 + 1.0 + 3.0 = **10.25 KN/m ^{2}**

Ultimate Load on Going = 1.5 x 10.25 = **15.36 KN/m ^{2}**

**For Landing:**

Self weight of landing = Thickness of landing slab x density

Self weight of landing = 0.15 x 25 = 3.75 KN/m^{2}

Floor finish load on staircase = 1.0 KN/m^{2}

Live Load on Staircase = 3.0 KN/m^{2}

Total Load on Landing = 3.75 + 1.0 + 3.0 = **7.75 KN/m ^{2}**

Ultimate Load on Landing = 7.75 x 1.5 = **11.625 KN/m ^{2}**

**Load Calculation on Beam:**

**1. Dead Load:**

Self weight of Beam = Size of Beam x unit weight of RCC

Self weight of Beam = (0.23 x 0.30)m x 25 KN/m^{3} x 2 = 3.45 KN/m (Where 2 is taken for G+1 Story) **calculate load on slab**

Wall Load on Beam = Thickness of Wall x Height x Unit weight of material

Main Wall Load on Beam = 0.23m x 3m x 19 KN/m^{3} = 13.11 KN/m

Partition Wall Load on Beam = 0.1m x 3m x 19 KN/m^{3} = 5.7 KN/m

Parapet Wall Load on Beam = 0.2m x 1.2m x 19 KN/m^{3} = 4.56 KN/m

Wall Plastering Load on Beam = 0.012m x 3 x 2 x 20.4 KN/m^{3} = 1.468 KN/m

**Load on Beam 1:**

Total Load on Beam 1 = Self weight + Main wall Load + Parapet wall Load + Wall Plastering Load + Load from Slab (trapezoidal load) **calculate load on slab**

Total Load on Beam 1 = (3.45 + 13.11 + 4.56 + 1.468 + 40.71) KN/m

Total Load on Beam 1 = 63.29 KN/m **calculate load on wall**

Total Factored load on Beam 1 = 1.5 x 63.29 = **94.95 KN/m**

**Load on Beam 3:**

Total Load on Beam 3 = Self weight + Main wall Load + Parapet wall Load + Wall Plastering Load + Load from Slab (trapezoidal load) **calculate load on slab**

Total Load on Beam 3 = (3.45 + 13.11 + 1.468 + 35.685 + 35.685) KN/m

Total Load on Beam 3 = 89.39 KN/m **calculate load on wall**

Total factored Load on Beam 3 = 1.5 x 89.39 = **134.09 KN/m**

Total factored load on Beam 2 and 5 = 1.5 x 58.26 = **87.40 KN/m**

**Load Calculation on Column:**

**Load on Column 1:**

Self weight of column = size of column x height x unit weight

Self weight of column = (0.23 x 0.3)m x 3m x 25 KN/m^{3} x 2 = 10.35 KN (where 2 is taken for G+1 Story) **calculate load on slab**

Total factored load on Beam 1 = 94.95 KN/m

Total factored load on Beam 2 = 87.40 KN/m

Load from Beam = Half Load from Beam 1 + Half Load from Beam 2

Load from Beam = (94.95 x 4.26/2) + (87.40 x 3.66/2) = 362.18 KN

Load on Column 1 = 10.35 KN + 362.18 KN = **372.53 KN**

**Load on Column 2:**

Load from Beam = Half Load from (Beam 1 + Beam 5 + Beam 3)

Load from Beam = (94.95 x 4.26/2) + (87.40 x 3.66/2) + (134.09 x 3.66/2) = 607.57 KN

Load on Column 2 = 10.35 KN + 607.57 KN = **617.92 KN**

**Size Calculation for Footing:**

**Size of Footing for Column 1:**

Assume, SBC of Soil as 200 KN/m^{2}

**Load on Footing 1:**

Load from Column 1 = 372.53/1.5 = 248.35 KN

Self weight of footing = 10% of unfactored column load

Self weight of footing = 10/100 x 248.35 = 24.83 KN

Total Load on Footing 1 = 248.35 + 24.83 = **273.2 KN**

**calculate load on slab**

Area of footing = Total Load/SBC of Soil = 273.2/200 = 1.36 m^{2}

**calculate load on wall**

If for square footing, we take length = breadth

size of footing L = B = sqrt(1.36) = 1.16m

**calculate load on wall**

If for rectangular footing,

Assume one side of footing (B) = 1.0 m Length of footing (L) = 1.36/1.0 = 1.36 = 1.4m (say) **calculate load on staircase**

Size of footing (L x B) = **1.4 m x 1.0 m**

**Size of Footing for Column 2:**

Take SBC of Soil as 200 KN/m^{2}

**Load on Footing 2:**

Load from column 2 = 617.92/1.5 = 411.95 KN

Self weight of footing = 10% of 411.95 = 41.19 KN

Total load on footing 2 = 411.95 + 41.19 = **453.14 KN**

**calculate load on staircase**

Area of footing = Total Load/SBC of Soil = 453.14/200 = 2.26 m^{2}

**calculate load on staircase**

If for rectangular footing,

Assume one side of footing (B) = 1.4 m

Length of footing = 2.26/1.3 = 1.60 = 1.6m

Size of footing 2 (L x B) = **1.6m x 1.4m**

**Note:**

To find the size of footing, load considered should be **service load** for isolated footing.

For any building to find the size of footing, use a combination of loads i,e

For Gravity loads, load combinations are,

**1.0 (DL + LL)** – Most critical combination is selected

**1.5 (DL + LL)** – Most critical combination is selected

In above example, we took 1.5 as factor of safety **calculate load on staircase**

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**FAQs:**

A one-way slab transfers loads in only one direction, whereas a two-way slab transfers loads in two directions.

There are three types of loads acting on structures: vertical loads, horizontal loads, and longitudinal loads. Vertical loads consist of dead load, live load, and impact load. Horizontal loads include wind load and earthquake load. Longitudinal forces—tractive and braking forces—are considered in special cases such as the design of bridges and gantry girders.

For a concrete member, the dead load is calculated by multiplying the volume of the concrete element by its unit weight.

The live load on a slab depends on the purpose of the structure, as determined by ASCE standard (ASCE/SEI 10-7). For instance, use 2.4 KN/m2 (50 psf) for offices.

The total load of a beam depends on whether it is made of concrete or steel. The percentage of weight in the material is 2% for both steel and concrete. Hence the Total Weight of the beam = Weight of Concrete + Weight of Steel. The Approximate load of beam having size 230mm x 450mm is around 3.5 KN/m.

Columns are vertical components in a building structure, which are designed to carry the compressive and buckling load. The strength of any column mainly depends on its shape and size of cross-section, length, location and position in the building. The length of a column is generally three times its least lateral cross-sectional dimension.

A factor of safety is a measure of how much the load-carrying capacity of a system exceeds the actual load.

For a 6″ thick wall with 3.5 meter height and 1.5 meter in length, the load can be calculated per running meter equal to 0.150 x 1.5 x 3.5 x 2000 = 1575 kg which is equivalent to 16 kN/meter. The load per running meter can be calculated for any brick type by following this method.

Walls divide spaces (rooms) and provide shelter by keeping the elements out. Walls are generally divided into two categories: Outer walls, which provide safety and shelter, and Inner walls, which separate rooms.

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