The requirement of the LRFD Section 188.8.131.52 “Control of Cracking by Distribution of Reinforcement” for skin reinforcement shall be modified as follows:
If the depth of non-prestressed or partially prestressed members, h, exceeds 3.0 ft., longitudinal skin reinforcement shall be uniformly distributed along both side faces of component for a distance dt/2 from the tension face. It shall be permitted to include such reinforcement in strength computations if a strain compatibility analysis is made to determine stress in the individual bars or strands. Equation 184.108.40.206-2 shall be revised as follows:
dt = distance from extreme compression fiber to centroid of extreme tension steel (in.)
The total area of longitudinal skin reinforcement (per face) need not exceed one-fourth of the required flexural tensile reinforcement As+Aps. The maximum spacing of skin reinforcement shall not exceed either dt/6 or 12 in.
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