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. 

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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.

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  • 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.


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