C&ENVENG 4107 - Prestressed Concrete Structures

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2018

Introduction to prestressed concrete-prestressing concepts; pre-tensioning and post-tensioning; full and partial prestress; the need for prestress; advantages and disadvantages; methods of prestressing. Forces imposed by prestressing (straight, draped and kinked tendon profiles). Load balancing. Introductory examples. Design requirements: strength and serviceability. Material properties. Design for serviceability: stress limits; serviceability criteria; determination of prestress and eccentricity; cable profiles; cracked section analysis; decompression and cracking moment; effect of cracking at service loads; short-term deflection calculations; crack control; design for strength: limit state design. Rectangular stress block. Ultimate moment capacity. Effect of non-prestressed steel; ductility; transfer strength; design for shear-effect of prestress on shear; stirrup design. Special problems in prestressing: losses; effect of creep and shrinkage; end block design-bursting and spalling forces in post anchorages; transmission lengths in pre-tensioned members. Statically indeterminate beams: introduction to continuous prestressed concrete beams; secondary moments.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code C&ENVENG 4107
    Course Prestressed Concrete Structures
    Coordinating Unit School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Eng
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites C&ENVENG 3005
    Assessment assignments, design project and a final examination - details at the start of semester.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Mohamed Ali Sadakkathulla

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1 Calculate the acceptable design loading for prestressed beams using AS1100 and AS3600;
    2 Apply descriptive formula and code based understanding of the PSC design fundamentals;
    3 Apply PSC design and analysis through the design project and assignments;
    4 Analyse and design of simple PSC girders for flexure and deflections;
    5 Analyse and design of simple girders for shear & torsion; and
    6 Basic Analysis of continuous beams, anchorages etc.

    The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
    The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1   1.2   1.3   1.4   1.5   2.1   2.2   2.3   2.4   3.3   3.5   

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    1. Prestressed Concrete Structures, 3rd Edition R.F. Warner, A.K. Faulkes, & S.J.Foster, Pearson (Printice Hall), 2011. (hard copies available from Unibooks)


    Recommended Resources
    Australian Standards for Civil Engineering Students Part II: Structural Engineering.

    Online Learning
    Lecture slides will be uploaded regularly on MyUNi.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
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  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
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    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative
    Due (week)*
    Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes
    Weekly assignments 10 Individual Summative Weeks 2-12 1. 2. 4. 5. 6.
    Design project & assignment-group 25 Group Summative week 13 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
    quiz 15 Individual Summative week 7 & 11 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
    Exam 50 Individual Summative Exam period Min 40% 1. 2. 4. 5. 6.
    Total 100
    * The specific due date for each assessment task will be available on MyUni.
    This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.
    This course has a hurdle requirement. Meeting the specified hurdle criteria is a requirement for passing the course.
    Assessment Detail

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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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