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# BS 4466 - Measurement of bending dimensions - 1989

In April 2000 a new British Standard the 'Specification for scheduling, dimensioning, bending and cutting of
steel reinforcement for concrete' was introduced; BS 8666 displacing BS 4466, the previous standard
described here for reference purposes.

BS 4466 - Measurement of bending dimensions - 1989
O !referred Shapes
O on-!referred Shapes
O BS 4466 otes
O Bar Mass Data Table
O Minimum former radii, bend and hook allowances

BS 4466 - !referred Shapes
Method of measurement of bending
dimensions
Total length
of bar (L)
measured
along centre
line

Shape
Code
20

A

Shape
Code
32

A+h

Shape
Code
33

A+2h

Shape
Code
34

A+n

Where the
overall
dimension of
the bob is
critical, use
shape code
37.

Shape
Code
35

A+2n

Where the
overall
dimension of
either bob is
critical, do not
use this shape
code.

Shape
Code
37

A+(B)-r-d

This formula is
approximate.
Where r is
greater than
the minimum
value in table
3 BS 4466
Method of measurement of bending
dimensions
Total length
of bar (L)
measured
along centre
line

Shape
Code
41

If angles with
the horizontal
are 45 or
less:

A+B+(C)

see note 4.

Shape
Code
43

If angles with
the horizontal
are 45 or
less:

A+2B+C+(E)

see note 4.

Shape
Code
51

A+(B)-R-d

This formula is
approximate,
if R is
minimum, use
shape 37. If R
is greater than
200mm, see
note 2 to
clause 10 BS
4466 1989.

Shape
Code
61

2(A+B)+12d

Neither A nor
B are to be
less than 12d
or 150mm,
whichever is
the greater,
in sizes not
exceeding 20
mm nor less
than 14d for
sizes of 25mm
and over.

Neither A nor B are to be less than 10d for grade 250
with a minimum value of A and B of 100mm. See
note 3.

1989, use
shape code
51.

Shape
Code
38

A+B+(C)-r-
2d

Shape
Code
62

If angle with
horizontal is
45 or less.

A+(C)

See note 4.

Shape
Code
82

2A+3B+18d

If B is greater
than 400+2d,
see note 2 to
clause 10 BS
4466 1989.

See note 3

otes:
O for the BS 4466

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BS 4466 - on-!referred Shapes
Method of measurement of bending
dimensions
Total length of
bar (L)
measured
along centre
line

Shape
Code
39

A+0.57B+(C)-
1.57d

If B is greater
than 400+2d,
see note 2 to
clause 10 BS
4466 1989

Shape
Code
42

If angle with
horizontal is 45
or less.

A+B+C+n

See note 4.

Shape
Code
45

If angle with
horizontal is 45
or less.

A+B+(C)-r-d

See note 4.

Shape
Code
49

If angle with
horizontal is 45
or less.

A+B+(C)

See note 4.

Shape
Code
52

A+B+C+(D)-
1r-3d

Method of measurement of bending
dimensions
Total length of
bar (L)
measured along
centre line

Shape
Code
77

2A+B+20d

See note 3

Shape
Code
78

2A+B+C+3d

See note 3

Shape
Code
79

2A+3B+10d

Neither A nor B
shall be less than
12d or 150mm,
whichever is the
460 in sizes not
exceeding 20mm
not less than 14d
for sizes of 25mm
and over.

Neither A nor B are to be less than 10d for grade 250
with a minimum value of A and B of 100mm. See
note 3

Shape
Code
85

A+B+0.57C+(D)-
r-2.57d

If C is greater than
400+2d see note 2
to clause 10 BS
4466 1989

Shape
Code
53

A+B+C+D+(E)-
2r-4d

Shape
Code
54

A+B+(C)-r-2d

Shape
Code
55

A+B+C+D+(E)-
2r-4d

Shape
Code
65

A

These bars will
be supplied
straight when
greater than that
given in table 5
of BS 4466 1989

Shape
Code
87

where B is not
greater than A/5.

C/B n (A-d)
(L<12m)

Where A is the
external diameter
of helix (in mm)
B is the pitch of
helix (in mm)
C is the overall
height of helix (in
mm).

Where B is greater
than A/5 the
formula does not
apply.

There shall be at least two full turns in the helix.
Note, unless A is small relative to d, this shape is
fabricated in a closed form and pulled to shape on site.

Shape
Code
99

All other shapes To be calculated

A dimensional
sketch shall be
drawn out over
schedule columns
A to E.

Every dimension that is to allow for the permissable
deviations shall be indicated in parenthesis, otherwise
the fabricator is free to choose which dimension shall
allow for the tolerance. If a shape that is given in this
table or in table 1 BS 4466 1989 is required but a
different dimension is to allow for the permissable
deviations, the shape code 99 & the free dimension
shall be indicated in parenthesis. The tolerances given
in table 4 BS 4466 1989 also apply.

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otes:
1. r indicates the minimum value in the table 3 BS
4466 1989
2. The dimensions in parenthesis are the free
dimensions
3. To avoid separate equations for each steel grade
and bending radius, simplified total length
formulae are used for shape codes 61, 77, 78,
79 and 82. These formulae are necessarily
approximate.
4. The length formula is approximate and when
bending angles exceed 45 the length should be
calculated more accurately allowing for the
difference between the specified overall
dimensions and the true length measured along
the central axis of the bar or wire. When the
bending angles approach 90, it is preferable to
specify shape code 99 with a fully dimensional
sketch.

BAR MASS per linear metre (kg/m) :-

50mm: 15.413kg/m 40mm: 9.864kg/m 32mm: 6.313kg/m 25mm: 3.854kg/m 20mm: 2.466kg/m
16mm: 1.579kg/m 12mm: 0.888kg/m 10mm: 0.616kg/m 8mm: 0.395kg/m 6mm: 0.222kg/m

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Minimum former radii, bend and hook allowances
Bar
Size
Grade 250 bars complying with the
requirements of BS 4449 (type and
grade R) and BS 6744 type S

d r 1 n h

61+ 12 100 100
Bar
Size
Grade 460 bars complying with the
requirements of BS 4449 (type and
grade T) and BS 6744 type S

d r 1 n h

61+ 18 100 100
Fabric
Size
Sheet Fabric complying with the
requirements of BS 4483
standard size 4.8m x 2.4m

d r 1 n h

5 15 100 100
8 16 100 100
10 20 100 100
12 24 100 110
16 32 100 150
20+ 40 100 180
25+ 50 130 230
32+ 64 160 290
40+ 80 200 360
50+ 100 250 450

8 24 100 100
10 30 100 110
12 36 100 140
16 48 100 180
20+ 60 110 220
25+ 100 180 350
32+ 128 230 450
40+ 160 280 560
50+ 200 350 700

6 18 100 100
7 21 100 100
8 24 100 100
9 27 120 135
10 30 120 135
12 36 130 145

**The use of hooks as end anchorages is not normally necessary with deformed bars.

1 It should be borne in mind that special precautions such as reducing the speed of
bending or increasing the radius of bending may necessary in cold weather. For bending
and rebending on site refer to BS 8110.
+ Non-preferred size for grade 250 bars.
+ Non-preferred size for grade 460 bars.

TE: These radii are the minimum radii of the formers for material complying with the
relevant British standard. Certain design situations may call for larger radii and for these
the recommendations in BS 8100 should be followed.
Radius of bending:- maximum values requiring bending
Bar Size 6 8 10 12 16 20 25 32 40
Radius (m) 2.5 2.75 3.5 4.25 7.5 14 30 43 58
.B. Bars to be formed to a radius exceeding the above dimensions will be supplied
straight.

see clause 8 BS 4466 1989 for
definition of .