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Constructing horizontal rcc belt just below windlow level for earth quack resistance?

Sun Oct 25, 2015Total posts : 4
Vinod
Vinod
Join date: Oct 2015
Topic: Constructing horizontal rcc belt just below windlow level for earth quack resistance?

I'm building a new house in kerala (seismic zone III), and following the traditional building practice, ie. Rubble foundation+RCC belt+concrete brick wall+ RCC Lintel+ Concrete brick wall+ RCC roof, due to non availability of earthquake resistant building materials ie. bricks with holes for vertical reinforcement etc and technical expertise. 

I've read somewhere that an additional horizontal RCC belt same like lintel band just below windows level covering the whole house with breaks at door locations only improves earthquake resistance. ie. Another rcc belt in between foundation belt and lintel band. Is it true? I've also read that horizontal rcc band is required only if wall height is more than 7 feet. So, please advise on whether there is any advantage on going for additional rcc belt for earthquake resistance.
Sun Oct 25, 2015Post  #1
Er.S.K.Jain
Er.S.K.Jain

Join date: May 2015
Ductile construction is required for earth quake resistance.
RCC bend on window sill level increase earth quake resistance.
On any height of wall the rcc bend requirement depend on wall height and thickness also with type of structure and earthquake zone.
 
Sun Oct 25, 2015Post  #2
Vinod
Vinod

Join date: Oct 2015
Sir, Here we use use 12"x8"x6" solid concrete bricks for the wall, and wall height is around 6.6 feet upto lintel from foundation belt. ie. approx. door height. The wall thickness would be 8" without plastering.

So, is it required/beneficial having additional rcc belt at window still level in  seismic zone III area? 

If yes, should I use steel box frame or simple mesh frame using 6mm tmt enough for 4" thick belt?
 
Sun Oct 25, 2015Post  #3
JAI PRAKASH
JAI PRAKASH

Join date: May 2014
Go for at least 10 or 12 mm for 4" thick RCC.
 
 
Mon Oct 26, 2015Post  #4
S L Gupta (Civil Engg)
S L Gupta (Civil Engg)

Join date: Mar 2008
Dear Vinod
       In my opinion we need 3 nos connecting lintels/ beams for minimize  danger from earth quack.
1. PLINTH beam or foundation beam.
2. Door level beam/ lintel.
3. Beam at roof level. 
 

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