What Is Hidden Beam? Concealed beam
What is hidden beam?
- Hidden beam is defined as the beam whose depth is equal to the thickness of the slab. They are also known as “Concealed beam ”.
- The Hidden beam is a virtual beam that was originated by some one to make use of the BEAM free head room.
Why it is used ?
- The concept of concealed beam originated from flat slab concept.
- Hidden Beams only means to spread the concentrated load of the walls on the slab area.
Where it used in buildings ?
- Hidden beams are generally inserted within the suspended slabs where slab thickness is considerable.
- 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 hidden beam.
- By providing concealed beam floor height can achieved, clears way for electromechanical duct work, economical and also aesthetic appearance of the building.
- This is more applicable in commercial buildings.
Most Important Point.
- However a hidden beam have the same depth as the slab, but it is reinforced separately from the slab and have stirrups and longitudinal bars just as a normal beam; hence not seen once the slab is casted.