Post-Tensioned Concrete Fundamentals

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Unformatted text preview: Copyright 2010 John P. Miller Page 15 of 49 Fundamentals of Post‐Tensioned Concrete Design for Buildings – Part One A SunCam online continuing education course 8 We can see that the effective post-tensioning force, Fe, is a function of the span length and the available drape, for a given balanced load. By observing the above equation, we can see that the minimum effective post-tensioning force will be found in spans with small spans and large available drapes. However, if the smallest possible effective post-tensioning force is selected (the left end span would only require 3.42 kips/foot) and used in all the spans, there would not be enough available drape to balance 60 psf in all the other spans. Referring to the diagram below, the effective post-tensioning force has been calculated for each span using the maximum available drape. Allowable upper limit of tendon profile Ideal Tendon Profile 10'‐0" 12'‐0" 9'‐0" Fe = 3.42 k/ft Fe = 3.70 k/ft Fe = 2.08 k/ft 13'‐0" Fe = 4.35 k/ft Allowable lower limit of tendon profile 15'‐0" Fe = 7.71 k/ft Five-Span Slab Example This would be the optimal use of pre-stressing since all spans would make use of the maximum amount of drape, and therefore the minimum amount of pre-stressing, to balance a given load. However, it is neither practical nor desirable to use a different amount of pre-stress in each span. If we were to use the effective post-tensioning force of 7.71 kips per foot in all spans and adjusted the drapes to maintain the balanced load of 60 psf, we would have drapes of 1.68", 0.95", 1.97", and 2.625" for the first four spans left to right. Only the right end span maximizes the efficiency of the draped tendon to balance the load. Another way of stating this is that the full available drape in every span would not be utilized and it should be apparent that this would not result in the most efficient use of post-tensioning. Copyright 2010 John P. Miller Page 16 of 49 Fundamentals of Post‐Tensioned Concrete Design for Buildings – Part One A SunCam online continuing education course One technique that is commonly employed in continuous post-tensioned structures is to place additional tendons in the end spans to satisfy the controlling demand and use only enough tendons in the interior spans to satisfy the lower demand there. This is a more efficient use of post-tensioning. Even though this may seem to be a minor difference, if this is applied over a large multi-story structure, the total savings can be significant. So, to make this example as efficient as possible, we will only use the 7.71 kips per foot in the right span and use 4.35 kips per foot in the other four spans. Thus, using the equation 8 We find the drapes as shown in the figure below. Fe = 4.35 k/ft Typical 10'‐0" Drape = 2.06" Tendon Profile 12'‐0" 9'‐0" Drape = 2.98" Drape = 1.67" 13'‐0" Drape = 3.50" Fe = 7.71 k/ft this span only 15'‐0" Drape = 2.625" Five-Span Slab Example Balanced Load Moment Diagrams As we learned earlier, once the balanced load is selected, the effective pre-stressing force can be calculated for a given drape and span length. The member may then be structurally analyzed with this equivalent set of tendon loads applied. The results of this analysis may be combined with other load cases such as live load and superimposed dead load. Let's now consider the two span beam shown below. The spans are unequal and each span requires a different effective post-tensioning force. Let's determine the balanced load moments. Copyright 2010 John P. Miller Page 17 of 49 Fundamentals of Post‐Tensioned Concrete Design for Buildings – Part One A SunCam online continuing education course 7" Fe = 300 k Fe = 200 k 26" 30'‐0" 25'‐0" 30‐0" By inspection of the above diagram, we see that the drape for the left span is: 26 Left Span Drape 29.5 And the balanced load is computed as: 8 200 30 29.5 12 4.37 / Next, we can find the concentrated balanced load in the right span due to the harped tendon by adding the vertical components on both sides of the harped point as follows: B = 53.3 k 300 k 300 k 33" 26" 30' 25' 300 sin tan 2.75/30 300 sin tan 27.4 25.9 300 sin 2.17/25 53.3 Copyright 2010 John P. Miller Page 18 of 49 Fundamentals of Post‐Tensioned Concrete Design for Buildings – Part One A SunCam online continuing education course Now we can construct the balanced loading diagram below. The left span has a uniformly distributed upward load of 4.37 kips/ft and the right span has a concentrated upward load of 53.3 kips. 4.37 k/ft 53.3 k Balanced Load Diagram Example Using conventional elastic structural analysis, we find the moment diagram for the above balanced loads to be the following: +515 ft‐k ‐267 ft‐k ‐488 ft‐k Balanced Moment Diagram The above example illustrates the simplicity and straight-forwardness of the bala...
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