Author: Mason, John
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IN reinforced concrete design it is common practice to assume that the composite material is both homogeneous and elastic. In the particular case of the reinforced concrete slab, for example, design is fundamentally dependent on the analysis of the homogeneous and elastic plate. In a few specific cases the theory of plate action has been solved mathematically but the solutions are unfortunately in the form of double infinite series and long and tedious calculations are necessary before the results can be applied to the actual design of the slab. In otber cases solutions by means of approximate methods have been put forward, some of which may not be wholly satisfactory.