Retail Development - The Forum, Algarve
Two thousand Ancon DSDQ75 Shear Load Connectors were installed in the concrete floor slabs of this retail development.
Vast areas of reinforced concrete are divided into smaller sections with expansion and contraction joints to accommodate movement. The design of these joints is important for the overall concrete structure to function correctly.
The Forum project was divided into ten sections of varying size. Due to the layout of the slabs and complicated by unpredictable seismic activity in the area, the joints had to allow for movement in two directions. Unlike conventional dowels, the cylindrical sleeve component of the Ancon DSDQ is contained within a rectangular box section to allow for lateral movement in addition to longitudinal movement. DSDQs proved to be the ideal solution as they replaced the need for double columns and were quick to install.
Concrete structures are designed with expansion and contraction joints to allow movement to take place.
Independent tests have verified the enhanced performance specifically offered by Ancon KSN Anchors when used in slab-to-wall moment connections.
Ancon reinforcing bar couplers can simplify the design and construction of reinforced concrete and reduce the amount of reinforcement required.
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