In this article, we find out how to calculate the cutting length of stirrups. Before that, we learned some basic information about stirrups and the types of stirrups.

## What is Stirrups

Stirrups, also known as shear links, hoop iron, or ties, are critical in reinforcing concrete structures. They play a key role in preventing shear failure, a common structural issue. Stirrups are designed to withstand lateral forces and are particularly important in earthquake-prone regions.

Stirrups are an essential component in reinforcing structures, such as beams and columns. Cutting length of stirrups is a critical skill for builders and contractors. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll explore the importance of stirrups, the different types, and the methods to cut their length effectively.

In the above image, there are 5 bends at 4 corners, 2 hooks and a concrete cover around the stirrup. x = length of the stirrup in the x-direction after deducting concrete

cover & y = length of the stirrup in the y-direction after deducting concrete cover.

## The procedure of calculating the cutting length of stirrups

- Observe the column and beam in the structural diagram
- Find the diameter of the stirrups, Minimum of 8mm dia is used
- Deduct the concrete cover in the drawing
- Find the total outer length of stirrups after deducting the concrete cover
- Add the length of the hooks to the length of the stirrups
- Deduct the length of the bends
- Use the formula to find out the cutting length of stirrups

Main Formula ;

Cutting Length of Stirrups = Perimeter of Shape + Total hook length – Total Bend Length

The perimeter of the Square = 4 x side length

Perimeter of Rectangle = 2 ( length + breadth)

Perimeter of circle or Circumference of Circle = 2πr = πd (r= radius, d= Diameter of Circle)

## Standards used in bends and hooks

- 1 Hook length = 9d or 75mm
- 45° Bend length = 1d
- 90° Bend length = 2d
- 135° Bend length = 3d

Where D is the Diameter of the steel. Concrete cover is most important for all structures,

## Types of stirrups

- Square Stirrups
- Rectangular Stirrups
- Triangular Stirrups
- Circular Stirrups
- Diamond Stirrups
- Spiral or Helical Stirrups

## Calculating the Cutting length of stirrups

Here we calculate the cutting length of stirrups in all types.

### Cutting length of Square Stirrups

- column size is 500 mm x 500 mm
- Dia of the steel used for stirrups is 8mm
- Concrete cover 25mm

Deducting the concrete cover 25mm from all sides (in square all sides are equal)

x = 500 – 25 -25 = 450 mm

y = 500 -25 – 25 = 450 mm, Hence x = y (in square all sides are equal)

**The total length of the hoo**k. There are two hooks which means 9d+9d = 18d

**Total length of the bend**. There are 3 bends which are bent at an angle of 90 and one is bent at an angle of 135.

**Total bend length** = 3 x 90 Bend length + 2 x 135 Bend length = 3 x 2d + 2 x 3d = 12d = 12 x 8 = 96mm

**Total Cutting length of Square Stirrup = Perimeter of Square + Total Hook length – Total Bend Length**

**Cutting length of stirrups** **= 4 x 450 + 18d – 12d = 1848 mm = 1.84 m**

### Cutting length of Rectangular Stirrups

- The beam size is 250 mm x 500 mm
- Dia of the steel used for stirrups is 8mm
- Concrete cover 25mm

Deducting the concrete cover 25mm from all sides

x = 250 – 25 -25 = 200 mm

y = 500 -25 – 25 = 450 mm

**The total length of the hoo**k. There are two hooks which means 9d+9d = 18d

**Total length of the bend**. There are 3 bends which are bent at an angle of 90 and one is bent at an angle of 135.

**Total bend length** = 3 x 90 Bend length + 2 x 135 Bend length = 3 x 2d + 2 x 3d = 12d = 12 x 8 = 96mm

**Total cutting length of rectangular stirrups = Perimeter of Rectangle + Total Hook length – Total Bend Length**

**= 2 (x+y) +18d – 12d = 2 ( 200 + 450 ) + ( 18 x 8 ) – ( 12 x 8 ) **

**= 1348 mm = 1.348 m**

### Cutting length of circular stirrups

- Column diameter is 1500mm
- Dia of the steel used for stirrups is 8mm
- Concrete cover 25mm

Deducting the concrete cover from the diameter of the column

D = 1500-25-25 = 1450mm

**Circumference length of Ring** = πD = 1450 x 3.14 = 4568 mm

**Total Length of the hook **= There are two hooks which means 9d+9d= 18d

**Total Length of Bends** = There are 2 bends which are bent at an angle of 135

**Total bend length** = 2 x 135 Bend length = 2 x 3d = 6d= 6 x 8 = 48mm

**Total Cutting length of Circular Stirrup or Ring** **= Circumference of Circle + Total Hook length – Total Bend Length**

**= 4568 + 18d – 6d = 4664 mm =4.7 m**

### Cutting Length of triangular stirrups

- column size is 500 mm x 500 mm
- Dia of the steel used for stirrups is 8mm
- Concrete cover 25mm

Deducting the concrete cover 25mm from all sides

x = 500 – 25 -25 = 450 mm

y = 500 -25 – 25 = 450 mm

**From Pythagorean theorem, Hypotenuse² = (Opposite)² + (Adjacent)²**

Refer to the second triangle in the above image

H² = (x/2)² + y²

H²= 225² + 450². H = 503 mm

**The total length of stirrup from now** = 2 x H + 450 = 2 x 503 + 360 = 1366 mm

**Total Length of the hooks**. There are two hooks which means 9d+9d= 18d

**Total length of Bends.** There are 4 bends which are bent at an angle of 135 Total bend length = 4 x 135 Bend length = 4 x 3d = 12d= 12 x 8 = 96mm

**Total Cutting length of Triangular Stirrup = Perimeter of Triangle + Total Hook length – Total Bend Length**

**= 1366 +18d – 12d = 1414 mm = 1.4 m**

### Cutting Length of diamond stirrups

- column size is 500 mm x 250 mm
- Dia of the steel used for stirrups is 8mm
- Concrete cover 25mm

Deducting the concrete cover 25mm from all sides

x = 500 – 25 -25 = 450 mm

y = 250 -25 – 25 = 200 mm

**From Pythagorean theorem, Hypotenuse² = (Opposite)² + (Adjacent)²**

H² = (x/2)² + (y/2)²

H²= 225² + 100². H = 246 mm

The total length of stirrup from now = 4 x H = 4 x 246 = 984 mm

**Total Length of the hooks**. There are two hooks which means 9d+9d= 18d

**Total length of Bends.** There are 5 bends which are bent at an angle of 135

**Total bend length** = 5 x 135 Bend length = 5 x 3d = 15d = 15 x 8 = 120 mm

**Total Cutting length of Diamond Stirrup = Perimeter of Diamond shape + Total Hook length – Total Bend Length**

**= 984+144-120 = 1008 mm = 1.008 m**

### Cutting length of Spiral or helical Stirrups

- depth of pile = 14 m.
- Diameter of pile = 800mm = 0.8 m
- Clear cover = 50mm =0.05m
- Pitch = 150 mm. = 0.15m
- The diameter of the helical stirrup bar = 8mm.= 0.008m

**The cutting length of the spiral stirrup is given by the formula = n√C**²** + P²**

Here, n = number of turns of the helical stirrup ( no. of the pitch in total pile length )

C = circumference of the helical stirrup.

P = pitch of the helical stirrup.

**Number of turns (n) = [( length of pile / pitch ) + no. of closure rings]**

[ (14/0.15) +2 = 96 Nos

**Circumference of the helical stirrup ( C ) = C = πD or 2πr**

Here, r = [(diameter of pile ) – ( 2 nos. × clear cover ) – (2 × 1/2 × diameter of the spiral stirrup bar )] / 2

r = [ (800) – (2×50) – (2 x 0.5 x 8) ] / 2 = 346 mm

r = 0.346 m

**Circumference of the helical stirrup = C = 2πr**

= [2 × 3.142 × 0.346 m] = 2.174 m

**The cutting length of the spiral stirrup is given by the formula = n√C² + P**²

= 96 × √2.174² + 0.15²

= 209 m

to get the exact cutting length of the spiral stirrup bars, we have to add lap length, as the length of an individual bar is limited to 12m.

Let us provide a lap length of 50d, where d = diameter of the helical bar.

**Number of lapping required = [Calculated length of the helical bar/length of a single bar]**

= [ 209 / 12 ] = 17.42 says, 18 Nos

**The total length of the helical stirrup bar required in a pile**

**= [ calculated cutting length of the bar + ( no. of lapping × lap length )]**

= [ 209 m + ( 18 nos × 50d ) ]

= [ 209 m + ( 18 × 50 × 0.008m ) ]

= [209 m + 7.20 m]

**= 216.2 says, 216 m**

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