Optimum Design of Prestressed Concrete Members

by Chen H. Wang, (M.ASCE), Assoc. Prof. of Civ. Engrg. and Mech.; The Catholic Univ. of America, Washington, D.C.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1970, Vol. 96, Issue 7, Pg. 1525-1534

Document Type: Journal Paper


Spandrel beams and drop panels, or both, often existed in monolithic continuous structures. The analysis of this type of structural member is entirely different from that of a member having a uniform section. An optimum design method for a prestressed concrete member with prismatic haunches under a uniformly distributed load is developed without calculating the secondary moment caused by the prestressing force. This reduces the analysis to that of a nonprestressed member and gives a direct design procedure and desired stresses in the control section of the member for practical application.

Subject Headings: Continuous structures | Prestressing | Stress analysis | Beams | Panels (structural) | Load and resistance factor design | Prestressed concrete | Load distribution

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