C&ENVENG 4107 - Prestressed Concrete Structures

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

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 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Assumed Knowledge C&ENVENG 3001 and 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

    1.      Describe the basic properties of prestressed concrete constituents.

    2.      Analyse the flexural behaviour of simple beams

    3.      Calculate prestress losses for simple prestressed concrete girders.

    4.      Design prestressed concrete girders for flexure using current design procedures (Standards Australia, Australian Standard for Concrete Structures, AS3600).

    5.      Recognize the effects of transfer and development length on flexural and shear strengths.

    6.      Construct moment-curvature and load-deflection curves for a prestressed concrete beam.

    7.      Analyse and design prestressed concrete members for shear.

    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)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-7
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 4,7
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 4
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 1-7
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1-7
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 4
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1-7
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1-7
  • 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.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    This course uses a number of different teaching and learning approaches including:

    ·     Lectures

    ·     Problem-solving tutorials and assignments

    ·     Design Sessions

    ·     Self-directed activities

    ·     Design assignments

    .     Examinations

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    Learning Activities Summary

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  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    The assessment comprises of the following components: End of Semester Examination, Assignments, quizzes and Design project report. Details will be announced in MyUni ASAP. Policy will also be available for late submission of assignment, missing quizzes etc.


    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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