Member • Aug 9, 2012

## - Design of a Granite/Stone Beam -

the beam of the structure shown in 1.jpg and 2.jpg has to be designed, without any tensile reinforcement.. the structure is essentially made of stone..

My doubts are:

1. Will the load of the slab be distributed to the surrounding beams as per fig.7 of IS 456 - 2000 ?

2. knowing the total load of the slabs situated on top of the beam, is it possible to determine the depth of the beam section required to resist the load, using only the Bending equation?? (the values of compressive strength of the stone material is known)

3. let us assume that the load of the slabs is 500 kN (which is found by finding the total volume and multiplying by its unit weight), we know that this 500 kN is acting over the top surface area of the beam.. how do I convert this load into a UDL acting over the span of the beam ???

P.S. I'd also like to get some suggestions on the design of this beam element using only stone.. it is known that only the load transfer is only by compression