What are the Advantages and Disadvantages Of Flat Slabs ?

Advantages Of Flat Slabs:

1. It reduces the overall height of the structure.

2. Flat slabs are capable to carry concentrated loads.

3. Requires less formwork.

4. As reinforcement detailing of flat slabs is simple it is easy to place.

5. Better quality control.

6. Installation of sprinkler and other piping and utilities are easier due to absent of beams.

7. It gives a better appearance and better diffusion of light.

8. Better fire resistant than other floor systems.

9. Fast construction.

Disadvantages Of Flat Slabs:

The disadvantages of flat slabs are as following:

1. In flat plate system, construction of large span is not possible.

2. Use of drop panels may interfere with larger mechanical ducting.

3. Not suitable for masonry partitions (Supporting brittle).

4. The thickness of flat plate slab is higher compared to the typical RCC two way slab.