Example Floor Systems

The floor systems described here are only a few of the many tested between 1890 and 1910. They include the most common floors and a few oddities that often confuse modern engineers. The floors are grouped by type (arches, catenaries, and beams) and in the order that the types became popular. The earliest floor systems used with iron beams in the Untied States were arches. During the 1880s and 90s, various tile arch forms were the most popular floors in use, and were still used into the 1920s....