They Wrote the Book on Prestressed Concrete


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Title: They Wrote the Book on Prestressed Concrete

Author(s): W.N. Marianos, Jr.

Publication: Special Publication

Volume: 231


Appears on pages(s): 49-64

Keywords: concrete; history; prestressing

Date: 10/1/2005

The growth of prestressed concrete development in the United States wasgreatly influenced by the publications available to practicing engineers. A number ofthe early books and publications on prestressed concrete are reviewed and discussedin this paper. Pioneers of prestressed concrete development are viewed through theirpublications and the role they played in promoting prestressing. Two key conferences(in 1951 and 1957) are also considered. Figures include samples of important passagesfrom the texts considered. Through all of these, some of the flavor and personalities ofthis important period can be experienced.