### How to distinguish between a Spiral and Tied Column:

A Tied Column will have horizontal reinforcement (aka closed ties or hoops). This is different than a Spiral Column that will have reinforcement in the form of a continuous spiral that circles up and down the column. Note that this definition has nothing to do with whether the column is square or circular, and in fact you can have a tied circular column or spiral square column if you so choose.

### Design specifications for a Spiral Column:

Several details must be met when designing a spiral column including:

- The ratio of the longitudinal steel area to the gross column area must be between 0.01 and 0.08
^{[1a]}(ρ_{min}and ρ_{max}respectively). - The clear distance between spirals must be between 1 and 3 inches
^{[1b]}. - The longitudinal bars must have a space between the bars of at least 1.5 times the bar diameter but must be greater than at least 1.5"
^{[1c]}. - At least six longitudinal bars are required to be used in spiral columns
^{[1d]}. - The concrete cover to the outermost surface of the tie steel must be at least 1.5
^{[1e]}" - The minimum spiral wire diameter is 3/8 in, and the maximum spiral wire diameter is 5/8 in
^{[1f]}.

### Volume of Spiral Reinforcement to Column Core ratio:

ACI 318 requires that the volume of spiral reinforcement be greater than:

*where:*

_{Spiral Reinforcement}= The volume of the spiral reinforcement in the column

V

_{Column Core}= The volume of the columns core

ρ

_{s}= spiral reinforcement ratio

A

_{c}= Area of the column core, measured to the outside surface of the spiral section

A

_{g}= the gross section area of the column

f

_{c}' = the compressive strength of the concrete

f

_{yt}= the yield strength of the rebar in the column

### Spiral Pitch:

The following equation can be used to calculate the necessary spiral pitch. The spiral pitch will be used to ensure the clear distance between the spirals is between the 1" and 3" required.

**To find spiral pitch:**

*where:*

A

_{sp}= the area of the spiral wire

p

_{s}= spiral reinforcement ratio (calculated in the previous section)

D

_{c}= Diameter of the core measured to the outside surface of the spiral

**To find the clear distance:**

*where:*

d

_{sp}= the diameter of the spiral reinforcment

### Typical Spiral Wire Size:

Table 1: Typical Spiral Wire Sizes (based on column size)
| |||||

Column Diameter (inches)
| Spiral Wire Size (in.)
| ||||

15" or less (#10 bars or smaller) | 3/8" | ||||

15" or less (Greater than #10 bars) | 1/2" | ||||

16" to 22" | 1/2" | ||||

23" & greater | 5/8" |

Note: This is not based on ACI code, just standard practice.

### References

- American Concrete Institute, "Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete (ACI 318-05) and Commentary (ACI 318R-05)", 2005
- Found in Section 10.9.1
- Found in Section 7.10.4.3
- Found in Section 7.6.3
- Found in Section 10.9.2
- Found in Section 7.7.1
- Found in Section 7.10.4.2
- Found in Section