Why does lap length generally greater than anchorage length?

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In some structural codes, the lap length of reinforcement is simplified to be a certain percentage (e.g. 25%) higher than the anchorage length. This requirement is to cater for stress concentrations at the end of lap bars.

A smaller load when compared with the load to pull out an anchored bar in concrete triggers the splitting of concrete along the bar because of the effect of stress concentration. A higher value of lap length is adopted in design code to provide for this phenomenon.


This question is taken from book named – A Self Learning Manual – Mastering Different Fields of Civil Engineering Works (VC-Q-A-Method) by Vincent T. H. CHU.

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