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Prestressed Concrete Design – Concept


The combined effect of creep, shrinkage, or elastic shortening of the concrete, relaxation of the reinforcing steel, frictional losses due to the curvature of the draping tendons, and slippage at the anchoring results in a reduction in initial pre-stress.

A pre-stressed concrete member’s steel wires do not maintain all of the preliminary pre-stress.

Due to a variety of factors, the initial pre-stress in concrete gradually decreases over time from the stage of transfer.

The stress distribution on the portion of the member will be affected by a loss of pre-stress. Many factors contribute to the loss of pre-stressed. In general, they can be divided into the following categories: During the tensioning process, there is a loss of pre-stress. At the anchoring stage, there is a loss of pre-stress. Losses that arise afterward.

Furthermore, abrupt temperature changes, particularly in steam curing of pre-tensioned components, may result in pre-stress losses.

If the concrete is not adequately cured, the rise in temperature produces a partial transfer of pre-stress (due to elongation of the tendons between adjacent units in the long line process), which can result in a substantial amount of creep.


Friction in the jacking and anchoring system, as well as on the duct walls where the wires fan out at the anchorage, causes the actual tension in the tendons to be lower than the pressure gauge indicates.

For each pre-stressing method, the losses due to friction in the jack and at the anchoring are different.Friction loss can be divided into three categories: Loss as a result of the length effect

The amount of friction encountered in a straight tendon as a result of a minor duct defect (the straight tendon).

As a result, the cable will come into contact with the duct or concrete, creating a wobbing or wave effect.Loss as a result of the curvature effect The decrease of pre-stress in curved ducts is determined by.


The anchorage fixtures themselves are stretched, resulting in this loss. It’s also likely that the friction wedges that hold the wires in place will shift slightly. To compensate for this loss, the necessary extra elongation may be provided at the moment of tensioning.


The following are the losses that occur as a result of pre-stress: Concrete Shrinkage Causes Stress Loss: Concrete shrinks as a result of chemical reactions and drying. This is based only on the time interval and moisture conditions, but not on the stresses in the members caused by loads.

Shrinkage can be controlled by lowering the water cement ration and cement proportion.

Stress Reduction Due To Concrete Creep Concrete creep refers to the distortion of concrete as a function of the length of time the member is loaded.CREEP refers to the additional deformation of a strained part while it remains stressed.

Elastic Concrete Shortening Causes Stress Loss(a) A member that has been pre-tensioned.

Loss Of Stress Due To Creep Of Steel(Stress Relaxation)

Many factors influence total pre-stress loss, including concrete and steel characteristics, moisture and curing conditions, and the degree and system of pre-stress.The first three types of losses are caused by a reduction in the length of concrete, which results in a reduction in the steel’s initial extension.

In pre-tensioned members, the loss of stress due to elastic shortening of concrete is greatest.These losses only occur when a number of cables are progressively stressed one after the other in post-tensioned members.


The Prestressed slab MEGA FLOOR Slabs include hollow slabs, preslabs, and predalles. Lintels, pre-stressed ribs and blocks For bridges, prestressed rectangular beams and I-beams are used.Lintels and Wineyard stud are two further prestressed components.

Concrete is a versatile building material. Almost every structure contains some concrete, but its dubious application in some structures—for example, in the style of brutalism—has tarnished the material. Because of its drab grey colour, concrete has come to be associated with the word “ugly.” Concrete deserves a better reputation in the realm of bridges.

Although not all concrete bridges have turned out to be beautiful, if one knows how to build them, they can be quite attractive. As a tough but workable material, concrete is poured into moulds.

Pre-stressed concrete has great fatigue strength under the harshest traffic loads if properly built.

Pre-stressed concrete bridges are far less expensive than steel bridges, and they require essentially no maintenance – given, of course, that they are well-designed and constructed, and that they are not exposed to de-icing salt.

Concrete beams and arches are commonly used in bridge construction. The desire to use easy-to-make formwork is usually the driving force behind concrete shaping. It is preferable to have flat surfaces, parallel edges, and a consistent thickness. Concrete bridges take on a stiff aspect as a result of this, and eliminating it is one of the goals of excellent aesthetic design.

Columns, piers, walls, slabs, beams, arches, frames, even suspended structures, and of course shells can all be made with reinforced and pre-stressed concrete.


STRAND Wrapped circular pre-stressed concrete tanks have a long life span and require little maintenance.Concrete construction creates a large, durable tank structure that can easily retain internal liquid pressure while also resisting external factors like earthquakes and wind.


Portable water treatment and distribution systems, wastewater collection and treatment systems, and storm water management all employ these tanks.They’re also employed in commercial applications like thermal energy storage, LNG containment, huge industrial process tanks, and bulk storage tanks.


The most effective material for water tanks is pre-stressed concrete, which, when combined with the circular shape, eliminates all stress conditions.The pre-stressed strands’ steel is in tension, and the concrete is in compression, thus both materials are in their optimal conditions, and the loads are evenly distributed throughout the tank’s diameter.


Because these are made of concrete, a sturdy material that never corrodes and does not require coatings when in contact with water or the environment, they can be enjoyed for a long time.

The differential temperature and dryness loads that a tank core wall experiences are mitigated by pre-stressing. The temperature fluctuates between the two sides of the tank walls, which are moist on the inside and dry on the outside. These moisture and temperature differentials, if not adequately accounted for, will cause a tank wall to bend and crack. Reduce the cracking and leaking by counteracting these forces in both vertical and horizontal directions.

Tanks are extremely ductile, allowing them to endure earthquake forces as well as variable levels of water backfill.

Tanks make efficient use of material – steel in tension, concrete in compression.

Anything from drinkable water to hazardous waste to solid storage containers can be stored or treated in pre-cast tanks.The storage capacity can vary between 0.4 and 120 mega litres.

The tank’s diameters might vary.


Pre-tensioned vertically in the plant, and post tensioned horizontally by ducts cast into the panels, pre-cast concrete wall elements are commonly used. Vertical pre-stressing reduces vertical wall bending and eventual leakage. Interior liquid bursting loads are mitigated by circumferential pre-stressing.On-site concrete is generally used to close joints. This approach of sealing the joints allows the tank to [perform as a monolithic structure that can withstand hydraulic, thermal, and seismic forces after post-tensioning.


Steel reinforced concrete studs, reinforced tops and bottom beams, and concrete facing make up PRECAST CONCRETE foundation panels. Between the studs, insulation can be installed.According to a manufacturer, a typical panellised foundation can be built in four to five hours with no on-site concrete work (the panels sit on gravel bed in lieu of footings.)


Industrial, Light Industrial & Commercial, Heavy Duty Warehousing, Bulk Storage, and Waste Transfer Stations are just a few of the applications.

Pre-stressed Concrete Panel Division manufactures and distributes pre-stressed concrete panels for agricultural and construction applications.

Fast track wall construction, retaining walls, bulk storage bunkers, grain stores, and silage clamps are just a few of the possibilities for these panels.

The pre-stressed panels are available in a variety of thicknesses and widths to suit various applications and are manufactured in lengths up to 7000mm. Their tongue/grooved design and simple clamp bracket connection make for a quick and easy installation technique.


Pre-cast concrete poles are preferred to steel or wood for utility, communication area lighting applications because to their low maintenance, competitive pricing, and attractive appearance.

Concrete poles save our forest because they don’t need to be treated with chemicals and are made with environmentally friendly materials.

Other advantages include corrosion resistance and a long service life.Pre-cast concrete poles provide a longer service life for light ballast due less reduced vibration and deflection, which implies less downtime and less expensive equipment replacement.

By removing the requirement for anchor-based structures, which can take days or weeks to install, pre-cast concrete poles can save time and money during erection.

To effectively withstand loads, modular block or segmental retaining walls use interlocking concrete components that tie back into the earth. These pre-engineered modular structures are a beautiful, cost-effective, and long-lasting alternative to poured concrete retaining walls.The inherent architectural flexibility allows for a wide range of site restrictions, project sizes, and aesthetic choices to be accommodated.

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