The most basic ‘truss’ model assumes inclination of struts (compressive forces).

(1)

(2)

(3)

(4)

Substitute with , rearrange:

(5)

**Note: ** multiplying by is a worst-case scenario.

This force is also the force in the longitudinal reinforcement, since the inclination angle is .

is distributed to the longitudinal steel;

Compression steel is not necessarily present, in which case the tension steel takes .

We can solve for or for , from eq. , for analysis

The tensile stress increase in the longitudinal reinforcement should be checked, as well as the compressive stress in the web (using eq. 1).

The crack inclination angle of is, of course, an assumption that we would like to improve upon. Modified compression field theory takes into account varying inclination angles. This theory will not be outlined here due to its highly empirical nature. Modified compression field theory is generally considered as an acceptable alternative to the standard ACI shear procedure previously outlined.

It becomes evident, even in the simple truss model, that shear effects can increase stresses in the longitudinal steel, in particular near the supports of a beam. This is an issue that is not addressed in current code.

This can have additional consequences for pre-tensioned members, as the location of the supports coincides with the location where the strands are being developed (transfer length). Typically, some mild *longitudinal* steel should be included near the supports, for this reason.