Difference Between Singly Reinforced Beam & Doubly Reinforced Beam

Singly Reinforced Beam:

The beam that is longitudinally reinforced only in tension zone, it is known as singly reinforced beam. In Such beams, the ultimate bending moment and the tension due to bending are carried by the reinforcement, while the compression is carried by the concrete.

Practically, it is not possible to provide reinforcement only in the tension zone, because we need to tie the stirrups. Therefore two rebars are utilized in the compression zone to tie the stirrups and the rebars act as false members just for holding the stirrups.

Doubly Reinforced Beam:

The beam that is reinforced with steel both in tension and compression zone, it is known as doubly reinforced beam. This type of beam is mainly provided when the depth of the beam is restricted. If a beam with limited depth is reinforced on the tension side only it might not have sufficient resistance to oppose the bending moment.


doubly reinforced beam

The moment of resistance can not be increased by increasing the amount of steel in tension zone. It can be increased by making the beam over reinforced but not more than 25% on the strained side. Thus a doubly reinforced beam is provided to increase the moment of resistance of a beam having limited dimensions.

Besides this, doubly reinforced beams can be utilized under following conditions,

1. When the outside load is alternating, that means the load is acting on the face of the member.

2. The load is eccentric and the eccentricity of the load is changing from one side to another side of the axis.

3. The member is subjected to a shock or impact or accidental lateral thrust.

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3 thoughts on “Difference Between Singly Reinforced Beam & Doubly Reinforced Beam”

  1. I think tension and compression zone of single reinforcing beam may not be equal at netural axis. beacuause C=T , 0.85fc’ ab=Asfy —– from this equation we can calculated the value a . therefore I think figure for single reinforcing concrete beam stress and stain diagram is false


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