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I am installing a room in my basement with concrete walls

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I am installing a room in my basement with concrete walls and concrete ceiling I would like to help support the ceiling with a steel beam. I only have a 4 inch slab and would like to be able to use a beam to span and support the weight.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Structural Engineering
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.


Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.

Is the concrete slab designed to span from the wall to the beam?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
The slab is sitting on gravel base with two inches of foam with radiant floor heat. I wanted to build a 8 inch Cmu wall as a safe room tornado shelter with a 6 inch poured concrete ceiling. I am concerned that the floor will crack under the load. Some thought I could run a beam 14 ft long sit it on a load bearing wall on one end and the other end cut a hole and pour a thickened pad to set a Colum on an then set the 6 inch poured roof on top of the beam and take load off of the floor.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Then the only load would be the concrete wall
Expert:  StructuralEng replied 1 year ago.

Can you post a sketch of what you want to do. The description is not clear.