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Ancon KSN software makes designing wall-to-slab joints simple

New software from ANCON simplifies the design of its award-winning KSN Anchor rebar continuity system in wall to slab construction joints, providing safer, faster concrete connections on site.

Ancon KSN Anchors, voted ‘Best Product in Show’ when launched at the 2013 Concrete Show, replace re-bend continuity boxes that require bars to be straightened by the physical force of site workers and where pull out bar length is restricted by the box dimensions. Instead, internally-threaded KSN Anchors are simply cast into the wall ready to accept virtually any length of Ancon Bartec parallel threaded rebar, easily accommodating the longer EC2 lap lengths and creating fast, safe, high performance connections.

Calculating to the requirements and recommendations of fib Bulletin 58 and Eurocode 2, the KSN software provides designs for moment connections with either a top anchor only or top and bottom anchors, if the latter it performs a full design check, and for tension only applications.

A simple interface enables users to input a range of project-specific data, including concrete grade and wall/slab thickness, associated loads, rebar cover and strength, and anchor spacing. The joint detail is automatically shown to scale on screen, providing an instant visual check that identifies dimensional input errors.

The user selects a preferred KSN Anchor, with the program automatically calculating other suitable anchor sizes and lengths from the range and any additional reinforcement requirements. This analysis enables the designer to choose the most appropriate, cost-effective system for their application.

To further support the busy project engineer, building plans can be imported as an underlay and marked with the precise location of each KSN design case, with all files stored in a digital project folder for ease of reference.

Those requiring a BIM Object of the system should visit the Ancon BIM object library where files are freely available in a number of formats.

Ancon Design Services Manager, Luke Woollen, said

“At Ancon, we understand the value of a good quality design program to an engineer. While the KSN technical brochure provides considerable information and tabulated performance values for typical applications, the software enables an engineer to quickly and confidently analyse the anchor options available and create a unique project specification to the latest design codes.”

The KSN program is the latest addition to Ancon’s software portfolio which includes design tools for Shearfix punching shear reinforcement and DSD shear load connectors, as well as a Wall Tie Product Selector App.

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