University of Technology Sydney

49150 Prestressed Concrete Design

6cp; 3hpw, on campus.; availability: all courses
Requisite(s): (48353 Concrete Design AND (120 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10061 Bachelor of Engineering Diploma Engineering Practice OR 120 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10066 Bachelor of Engineering Science OR 120 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10067 Bachelor of Engineering OR 120 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C09067 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Diploma Professional Engineering Practice OR 120 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C09066 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)))
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses. See access conditions.
Recommended studies: knowledge of linear-elastic analysis of cracked and uncracked PSC sections, equivalent loads and load-balancing techniques for PSC beams, design to AS 3600 Concrete Structures for ultimate moment capacity, shear and strength at transfer of statically determinate PSC beams, and the fundamentals of the structural analysis of indeterminate structures



Structural engineers must have the competence and confidence to design in prestressed concrete (PSC). Part of the knowledge gained by students in this subject is a further understanding of PSC behaviour and competence in PSC design so that the appropriate use of this structural material can be made in decisions on future structural designs.

This subject is intended to build on their knowledge of the fundamentals of PSC behaviour aspects of design of simply supported beams (uncracked and cracked section behaviour under linear elastic conditions, equivalent loads and load balancing techniques, ultimate moment capacity of rectangular PSC beams) to encompass the major items in prestressed (post-tensioned) concrete design.

The main topics are the analysis and design of continuous (statically indeterminate) PSC beams and of PSC flat slab systems. Other topics include the analysis and design of PSC tension members, a more detailed consideration and estimation of losses in PSC members and anchorage and end-block reinforcement design. The design is in accordance with the requirements of the current edition of AS3600 Concrete Structures.

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Autumn session, City campus

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