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Slab Reinforcement with Inverted Beams.

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Can the slab bottom reinforcement pass below inverted beam bottom reinforcement?
Otherwise the slab bottom reinforcement mesh will be lifted up atleast 2.5", thus reducing the design effective depth.

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In regular non inverted beams, the negative steel of slab rests on the upper portion of beam which is in compression and hence fully available for end bearing load of slab.

But in inverted beams, this negative steel rests on the lower portion of beam which is in tension (in middle span) and hence will be having flexural cracks (though up to minor crack widths), I m amazed if this cracking affects the bearing strength in any way.

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