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## How to Calculate Column Size for Building

The total Lo**ad Calculation on Columns, Beam, Slab** we must know about various load coming on the column. Generally, the Column, Beam, and Slab arrangement are seen in a frame type of structure. In the frame structure, the load is transferred slab to beam, beam to column and ultimately it reached the foundation of the building.

For load calculation of building, loads on the following elements are to be calculated:

**What Is Column**

A Column is a vertical component in a building structure, which is mainly designed to carry the compressive and buckling load. The column is one of the important structural members of the building structure. As per Load coming on the column, size is increased or decreased.

Column length is generally 3 times to their least lateral cross-sectional dimension. The Strength of any column mainly depends on its shape and size of cross-section, length, location, and position of the column.

**Load Calculation on Column**

## What Is Beam

The Beam is a horizontal structural member in building construction, which is designed to carry shear force, bending moment, and transfer the load to columns on both ends of it. Beam’s bottom portion experiences tension force and upper portion compression force. Therefore, More steel reinforcement is provided at the bottom compared to the top of the beam.

**What Is Slab**

The slab is a level structural element of the building which provided to create a flat hard surface. These flat surfaces of slab utilized for making floors, roofs, and ceilings. It is a horizontal structural member whose size may vary depending upon the structure size and area and its thickness also may vary.

But slab minimum thickness is specified for normal construction around 125 mm. Generally, every slab is supported by a beam, column, and the wall around it.

**Load On Column, Beam & Slab**

**1) Column Self Weight X Number of floors**

**2) Beams Self Weight per running meter**

**3) A load of walls per running meter**

**4) The total load on Slab (Dead load + Live load + Self-weight)**

Besides this above loading, the columns are also subjected to bending moments that have to be considered in the final design.

The most effective method for designing structure is to use advanced structural design software like **ETABS or STAAD Pro.**

These tools are reduced laborious and consuming method of manual calculations for structural design, this is highly recommended nowadays in the field.

for professional structural design practice, there are some basic assumptions we use for structural loading calculations.

**Read More**: **How To Calculate Steel Quantity For Slab**

**Column Design Calculations**

** 1. Load Calculation on Column **

we know that the Self-weight of Concrete is around **2400 kg/m3,** which is equivalent to 240 kN and the Self-weight of Steel is around **8000 kg/m3.**

So, if we assume a column size of 230 mm x 600 mm with 1% steel and 3 meters standard height, the self-weight of the column is around 1000 kg per floor, that id equal to **10 kN. **

**Volume of Concrete = 0.23 x 0.60 x 3 =0.414mÂ³****Weight of Concrete = 0.414 x 2400 = 993.6 kg****Weight of Steel (1%) in Concrete**=**0.414x 0.01 x 8000****= 33 kg****Total Weight of Column = 994 + 33 = 1026 kg****= 10KN**

While doing column design calculations, we assume the self weight of columns is between **10 to 15 kN per floor.**

**2. Beam Load Calculation**

We adopt the same method of calculations for beam also.

we assume each meter of the beam has dimensions of **230 mm x 450 mm** excluding slab thickness.

**Assume each (1m) meter of the beam has dimension **

**230 mm x 450 mm excluding slab.****Volume of Concrete = 0.23 x 0.60 x 1 =0.138mÂ³****Weight of Concrete = 0.138 x 2400 = 333 kg****Weight of Steel (2%) in Concrete**=**= 0.138 x 0.02 x 8000****= 22 kg****Total Weight of Column = 333 + 22 = 355 kg/m****= 3.5 KN/m**

So, the self-weight will be around **3.5 kN** per running meter.

**3. Wall Load Calculation**

we know that the Density of bricks varies between **1500 to 2000 kg per cubic meter. **

For a 6 inch thick Brick wall of 3-meter height and a length of 1 meter,

The load / running meter to be equal to **0.150 x 1 x 3 x 2000 = 900 kg, **

which is equivalent to **9 kN/meter. **

This method can be adopted for load calculations of Brick per running meter for any brick type using this technique.

For aerated concrete blocks and autoclaved concrete blocks, like Aerocon or Siporex, the weight per cubic meter is between **550 to 700 kg **per cubic meter.

if your are using these blocks for construction, the wall loads per running meter can be as low as **4 kN/meter**, use of this block can significantly reduce the cost of the project.

### 4. **Slab Load Calculation**

Let, Assume the slab has a thickness of **125 mm. **

So, the Self-weight of each square meter of the slab would be

**= 0.125 x 1 x 2400 = 300 kg which is equivalent to 3 kN.**

Now, If we consider the Finishing load to be 1 kN per meter and superimposed live load to be **2 kN** per meter.

So, from the above data, we can estimate the slab load to be around **6 to 7 kN per square meter.**

**5. The Factor of Safety**

In the end, after calculating the entire load on a column, do not forget to add in the factor of safety, which is most important for any building design for the safe and convenient performance of the building during his design life duration.

This is important when Load Calculation on Column done.

**As Per IS 456:2000, the factor of safety is 1.5.**

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## FAQs

### Q.1 How do you calculate beam load?

Factors contributing to the total load of the beam are the** Weight of Concrete** and the **Weight of Steel (2%)** in Concrete.

Hence the **Total Weight of the beam** = **Weight of Concrete + Weight of Steel**.

The Approximate load of a beam of size 230mm x 450mm is around 3.5 KN/m.

### Q.2 How do you calculate slab load on a beam?

Generally, the slab has a thickness ofÂ **125 mm.** So, the Self-weight of each square meter of the slab would be the **product of the thickness of the slab and per meter square load of concrete** which is estimated at around **3KN**.

Consider the Finishing load and superimposed live load,

The total slab load will be aroundÂ **6 to 7 kN per square meter**.

### Q.3 How to proceed with Wall Load Calculation?

**Wall Load Calculation:**

1. The density of brickÂ **walls**Â with mortar is in the range of **1600-2200 kg/m3**. So we will consider the self-weight of the brickÂ wallÂ as 2200 kg/m3Â

2. We will consider dimensions of brick wall as Length = 1 meter, Width = 0.152 mm, and Height of = 2.5 meter, Hence Volume of wall = 1mÃ— 0.152 mÃ— 2.5 m = **0.38 m3**

3. Calculate the dead load of brick wall, which will be equal to, Weight = volume Ã— density, Dead load = 0.38 m3Â Ã— 2200 kg/m3 = **836 kg/m**

4.Which is equal to** 8.36 kN/m** is the dead of the brick wall.

### Q.4 What is Column?

A **Column** is a vertical component in a building structure, which is mainly designed to carry the **compressive** and **buckling load**. The column is one of the important structural members of the building structure. As per Load coming on the column, size is increased or decreased.

### Q.5 How to calculate Dead Load of a Building?

Calculation of **Dead load**Â for Building= **Volume of member x Unit weight of materials.**

It is done byÂ simply calculatingÂ the accurate **volume of each member** and multiplying by the **unit weight of the respective materials** from which it is composed, and **dead load**Â can be determined for each component.

### Load Calculation on Column

**Volume of Concrete = 0.23 x 0.60 x 3 =0.414mÂ³****Weight of Concrete = 0.414 x 2400 = 993.6 kg****Weight of Steel (1%)Â in ConcreteÂ **=Â **0.414x 0.01 x 8000**Â **= 33 kg****Total Weight of Column = 994 + 33 = 1026 kgÂ = 10KN**

### Beam Load Calculation

**300 mm x 600 mm excluding slab thickness.****Volume of Concrete = 0.30 x 0.60 x 1 =0.18 mÂ³****Weight of Concrete = 0.18 x 2400 = 432 kg****Weight of Steel (2%) in Concrete = 0.18 x 2% x 7850 = 28.26 kg****Total Weight of Column = 432 + 28.26 =Â 460.26 kg/mÂ = 4.51 KN/m**

### Column Load

A Column is a vertical component in a building structure, which is mainly designed to carry the compressive and buckling load. Column length is generally 3 times to their least lateral cross-sectional dimension. The Strength of any column mainly depends on its shape and size of cross-section, length, location, and position of the column.

### Dead Load Calculation for a Building

**Dead load**Â = volume of member x unit weight of materials.

ByÂ **calculating**Â the volume of each member and multiplying by the unit weight of the materials from which it is composed, an accurateÂ **dead load**Â can be determined for each component.

### Live load calculation

For Live Load calculation you have to follow the permissible Live load values in IS-875. Generally for residential building purpose we take it 3 KN/m2. The value of LIVE LOAD is changes as type of structures & for that you have to see IS-875

### Load Calculation of Building

Building Load is summation of dead load, live load, wind load and snow load if building location in snowfall area. **Dead loads**Â are static forces that remains same for an extended time. They can be in tension or compression. **Live loads**Â are mostly variable or movingÂ **loads**. These loads can have a significant dynamic element and may involve considerations such as impact, momentum, vibration, slosh dynamics of fluids, etc.

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Md Khaibul AlamVery useful tips its help every engineer in their field.please send that type of tips for civil engineering frequently.

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Habibur rahmanIndeed these tips are very useful & helpful in the working field

Abdul Ajeesif we have 4 columns in a floor , should we multiple 10kn x 4 columns to find load? or we can put 10 kN for one floor randomly?

DheerajInterestingly this article has the same errors as seen on another post from 2011

Manjunath hukkeriSeriously I just loved the explanation

U explained each and every bit of it very cleanly

Thanks for this article sir

bodrick ikumbukothanks for the help i really needed

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