What Is Hidden Beam? Concealed beam
What is a hidden beam?
- A hidden beam is defined as a beam whose depth is equal to the thickness of the slab. They are also known as “Concealed beams”.
- The Hidden beam is a virtual beam that was originated by someone to make use of the BEAM-free headroom.
Why it is used?
- The concept of concealed beam originated from the flat slab concept.
- Hidden Beams only mean to spread the concentrated load of the walls on the slab area.
Where did it use in buildings?
- Hidden beams are generally inserted within the suspended slabs where slab thickness is considerable.
- A hidden beam is provided between living and dining spaces right angle to each other. This gives a neat and level ceiling surface that is good for the look.
Advantages of using the hidden beams.
- Providing concealed beam floor height can achieve, clears the way for electromechanical ductwork, and the economical and also aesthetic appearance of the building.
- This is more applicable in commercial buildings.
Most Important Point.
- However a hidden beam has the same depth as the slab, but it is reinforced separately from the slab and has stirrups and longitudinal bars just like a normal beam; hence not seen once the slab is cast.