In Situ Measurement of Stress Losses in Unbonded Tendons of Post Tensioned Flat Slabs

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Title: In Situ Measurement of Stress Losses in Unbonded Tendons of Post Tensioned Flat Slabs

Author(s): S. SOARES, J. M. CALIXTO, H. CHUMBINHO

Publication: IBRACON

Volume: 1

Issue: 3

Appears on pages(s): 237-260

Keywords: post-tensioning flat slabs, unbonded tendons, stress losses.

Date: 9/30/2008

Abstract:
This paper presents the results of “in situ” measurements of stress losses in unbonded tendons of post tensioned flat slabs. These flats slabs have approximately 350 m2 in area and are 17 centimeter thick. They are part of a 16 story high hotel building. Load cells were employed to measure the forces in the tendons; they were placed in the vicinity of the active and the passive anchorages. The forces in the tendons were monitored from the time of their straining up to 170 days afterwards. The measurements reveal a frictional coefficient µ equal to 0.0528, a very close value to the one prescribed by NBR 6118 of 0.05. The stress loss due to the anchorage of the tendons was of 5.17% of the initial stress. The results indicate also that the remaining force near the passive anchorage is larger in relation to the value measured in the vicinity of the active one. The total stress loss measured so far (170 days) corresponds to 14 % of the initial post-tensioning stress.


Brazilian Institute of concrete, International Partner Access.

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