Bond of prestressed strands to concrete: transfer rate and relationship between transmission length and tendon draw-in
Sérgio M. R. Lopes, University of Coimbra
Ricardo N. F. do Carmo, Polytechnic of Coimbra
This paper presents an experimental study on the bond of strands prestressed by pretensioning to concrete. Ten beams with different cover values were tested and the results are presented and analysed. In eight of the beams, transfer of the prestressing force was gradual, and sudden in the remaining two beams. A relationship between the transmission length and the bond draw-in at the end of the beam is proposed and compared with predictions found in the literature. The variation of the tendon force along the transmission length is also plotted on graphs and the results are compared with those proposed by Rôs. The comparison with Rôs' predictions shows that experimental values obtained in the current investigation deviate from the expected values by up to 10%.